I tried to ignore the constant warnings from Evan (my roommate and personal weatherman in State College) and foolishly believe that the rainy/windy wrath of Sandy wouldn’t delay me. However, my flights out of State College and Philadelphia were cancelled. The good people at ASC travel in Boulder Colorado rescheduled me to depart tomorrow morning, Oct 31 @ 10:10 am. If all goes well (knock on wood) I will be arriving in Christchurch, NZ Friday afternoon for a few days of training prior to my departure to McMurdo Station.
My name is Adam N. Wlostowski. I am a Ph.D. student at The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, working with the Gooseff hydroecology laboratory. As an early career researcher, I am broadly interested in hydrologic processes across the earth surface and shallow subsurface, and associated social, ecological, and biogeochemical implications. I recently finished (Fall 2012) my M.S. thesis at Penn State in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which was focussed on understanding solute transport dynamics in tundra headwater streams, located on Alaska’s north slope. My M.S. research involved three field campaigns in Northern Alaska, making a suite of hydrologic and chemical measurements, as well as data analysis and numerical modeling back in the lab at Penn State. I was lucky enough to work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers seeking to learn more about the impacts of changing seasonality on high arctic river networks. Visit our team research page to learn more about this project.
I started this blog to keep folks abreast as I begin my Ph.D. work, which will be focussed on ecosystem modeling of the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica! In the next few days I will be embarking on a long journey to the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, to be an enthusiastic member of the McMurdo LTER “stream-team.” I will be stationed in Antarctica from November 2 – approximately February 7. I’ll be honest, I know very little about what I’m getting into. The next few months will should be quite an adventure, but more importantly a priceless learning experience. I will try my best to keep you updated on what I learn as the days go by.
Talk to you soon.