Anastasia Danelyants’ Diary
Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
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June 5, 2009: Tree day
We were back on the spot called Oldrichov, where we started several days
ago. The task for the day was inventory of forest stands. One more of Josef's students, Jiri, came to join us for a couple of days, as his
current research includes tree-ring-analysis and he needed to collect
more data for it. We did "canopy-sky" reading, measured trunk
circumference and height. New for me was to measure tree temperature and
resistance with a special device. But others had already used it on
another spot, and it was easy to learn. Some rain water had already
collected in rain-gauges and we measured the level and took samples.
After lunch we moved to another spot to do the same there. In the
meanwhile our teammates did some reconstruction of the stream monitoring station. Josef arranged a meeting with a forester for us, so we could ask
him everything about his work, its features and problems, plants and
animals typical to the region, etc.
For dinner we had chicken soup with dumplings, pork with potatoes,
cabbage and cracknel.
In the evening Russell, Rachel and Martha did their presentations based
on the research projects they had conducted at the university. Rachel and
Martha studied crab population and migration in their region. Russell
and Rachel did a project on autoimmune disease, looking for drug treaments that will be more effective. Their
presentations were very interesting and gave rise to many questions.
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