Day 2 - Sampling and lab work
Heidrun who runs the mesocosm project is on maternity leave and the masters students who would normally help whilst doing their own sampling are writing up so today I have the job of three people to do. I have a mammoth day ahead so I arrive at the mesocosms before 7am to get going.
The first job of the day is to take 1 meter integrated samples with my tube sampler from each tank, fill up the bucket part way and then fill two 1 litre bottles for each tank. I also take some extra water samples for Jess Adams who works at CEH on dissolved organic carbon. The day starts with driving rain, so bad that I had to walk around with my back to it to stop it stinging my face which made things as little awkward. The rain stopped as I was carrying the bottles to the car - of course it did.
And that marks the end of Wednesday, well usually it would. Because of the weather day three, Thursday is being moved to day two so I have to now bike home to get the head torches (which I forgot) to start on part three, night zooplankton sampling.