Archives for February 2018

Bringing new life to a dead zone problem: Reflections from an LTER researcher

By, Bonnie McGill, PhD candidate and LTER researcher in Professor Steve Hamilton's Lab, W.K Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University ~~~~ Nitrate, dead zone, Midwest, agriculture—you know where this is headed. Here I’m going to explain a new project I will soon embark on for my postdoctoral work where I will try to improve our understanding of how voluntary conservation practices on farms in Iowa affect the nitrate concentrations in Iowa streams and rivers. The mammoth amount of previous work, complexity, and controversy around this issue is not lost on me. The issue of