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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

To be continued…

It has been my intention for some time to bring this blog to a conclusion, but time and other commitments have kept that from occurring. Most study abroad experiences have a very clear end point, when one finally returns to the familiarity of home. However, for the inaugural semester of Bucknell on the Susquehanna, this feeling is not quite so definite. The Susquehanna River Valley is still very much a part of my daily life now here at Bucknell University, and will continue to be until I graduate. While my time writing for this blog has come to a close, […]

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The Tiny Monster: Limestone (Bull) Run in 1972

When the Bucknell on the Susquehanna students were on campus and not electro-shocking local streams, watching salmon spawn in the Pacific Northwest, or meeting with the spiritual leader of the Haudenosaunee Nation, we also had the responsibility to conduct another class, unique to each student. Incorporated in the program, one credit hour of the program is to be earned through an independent research project, advised by one of the three faculty. Projects ranged from feasibility analysis of nutrient trading in the Susquehanna watershed, to analysis of Marcellus Shale flowback water across the state (as reported to the DEP), and my […]

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Monday, September 20th, 2010

Watershed management

It’s amazing what you can learn when you take a step back and look at smaller sections compared to the whole. In this case, the whole is the Susquehanna River and the smaller sections are the tributaries and streams that feed into the river. This week’s trips to Cowan and Buffalo Creek opened my eyes to the effect of storms on the habitat of the river. Monday’s trip was focused on water discharge through Buffalo Creek and the change that occurs during storm flow. Through the use of surveying tools, we measured how high the water would come up the bank […]

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Breaking the Bubble

Coming to Bucknell 2 years ago, I never imagined I would immerse myself into the culture of Lewisburg and nearby towns. I thought college was about classes and getting a degree on time, but in this past week I’ve managed to attend classes and break my Bucknell bubble at the same time. Oddly enough, I found the connection between the geology of the river valley and the local land use fascinating. In my basic geology class over a year ago I learned about different rock formations, how old they are and how they formed but I never connected it to […]

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