This semester TRL’s own Ana Rojas traveled to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York for a reputable Ecosystem Ecology course. Ana, along with 19 other participants were invited to spend two weeks at the Cary Institute where they attended lectures held by Cary scientists on nutrient dynamics, carbon cycling, climate change and implications humans have on these natural processes.
The Cary Institute was founded in 1983 by Dr. Gene E. Likens, who was head of the team that discovered acid rain. The institute is well known for their research work in disease ecology, forest and freshwater health, climate change, urban ecology, and invasive species.
Ana had the chance to observe the work of Dr. Emma J. Rosi, an Aquatic Ecologist at the Cary Institute whose work focuses primarily on stream ecology and contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals. In nature lots of things can create noise in observations and experiments, Rosi works with mesocosms to create an artificial stream where she can control many variables within the streams and focus on certain effects. This attention to diverse methods of experimentation and research is what appealed to Ana as she found that Cary Institute scientists are extremely focused with their work and are beneficial guides for students, especially those who work in the area surrounding the Hudson Valley.
Congrats Ana on completing such an engaging and esteemed course at the Cary Institute!