Lauren and I just came back from a 10.5-hour work day of, well, counting bugs and digging holes. For Lauren, counting bugs — ahm, insects — is no joke; she guesses that she has counted 10,000 of them in the six days that we’ve been here.
And as for myself, I’ve dug about 150 inches worth of soil pits and I’m beginning to wonder: can I can handle the drama?! You see, part of my research pertains to how permafrost melt affects the tundra ecosystem. So my summer research plan involves sampling the soil above the permafrost. Great!, especially when the soil is nice and smooth, the permafrost is within reach, and I can dig pits that look like this:
But alas! Today gave me a friendly reminder that the soil is not always smooth and the permafrost is not always within reach.