Poster or Presentation Title

Water Quality Internship in Costa Rica

Location

Flint Family Lobby

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Event Website

http://www.lynchburg.edu/academics/red-letter-day/student-scholar-showcase/

Start Date

6-4-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

6-4-2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

For the Student Scholar Showcase I would like to share just a few of my experiences from my time abroad this past fall semester. I was given the incredible opportunity to take part in Dr. Shahady’s water quality project down in San Luis, Costa Rica. I resided at the University of Georgia Costa Rica research center for 3 months where I served as their water quality intern. I, along with the help of resident naturalists on campus, collected water samples and benthic macroinvertebrates from multiple sites throughout three watersheds in the Bell Bird biological corridor. I then spent a lot of my time working in the lab, carrying out different biological and chemical tests to measure the water quality of each site, as well as identifying the families of insects collected at each site in relation to the Costa Rica BMWP (biological monitoring working party) scoring method. Along with this work, I was able to get a full semester’s worth of credits thanks to Shahady and my advisor, Dr. Henry-Stone. Besides the work I completed during my time there I was able to get to know so many incredible people, become part of a rich and exciting culture, and learn more than I ever could have in the classroom.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Thomas D. Shahady

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Water Quality Internship in Costa Rica

Flint Family Lobby

For the Student Scholar Showcase I would like to share just a few of my experiences from my time abroad this past fall semester. I was given the incredible opportunity to take part in Dr. Shahady’s water quality project down in San Luis, Costa Rica. I resided at the University of Georgia Costa Rica research center for 3 months where I served as their water quality intern. I, along with the help of resident naturalists on campus, collected water samples and benthic macroinvertebrates from multiple sites throughout three watersheds in the Bell Bird biological corridor. I then spent a lot of my time working in the lab, carrying out different biological and chemical tests to measure the water quality of each site, as well as identifying the families of insects collected at each site in relation to the Costa Rica BMWP (biological monitoring working party) scoring method. Along with this work, I was able to get a full semester’s worth of credits thanks to Shahady and my advisor, Dr. Henry-Stone. Besides the work I completed during my time there I was able to get to know so many incredible people, become part of a rich and exciting culture, and learn more than I ever could have in the classroom.

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2016/Posters/4