My intern experiences this summer were nothing short of great. This summer, I helped Anna Kottkamp with her study of Delmarva Peninsula’s geographically isolated wetlands or Delmarva Bays. These wetlands are surrounded by upland and have no apparent surface water connectivity (Tiner 2003). Despite their geographic isolation, Delmarva Bays offer many ecosystem services such as providing habitat to many rare and endangered species (Sharitz and Gibbons 1982) and enhance local water quality (Phillips et al 1993).
With the lab and field work required to study these wetlands, I learned valuable skills that I can apply in my future career. One of these lessons is field preparedness. Whether your work is in the woods or in agricultural fields, or whether you are soil sampling or water sampling, fieldwork is an essential part of research and it comes with physical and environmental hazards. This guide is intended to share some things that I did right and some lessons I learned the hard way when it comes to field preparedness.
Phillips PJ, Denver JM, Shedlock RJ, Hamilton PA (1993) Effect of forested wetlands on nitrate concentrations in ground water and surface water on the Delmarva Peninsula. Wetlands Wetlands 13: 75-83.
Sharitz RR, Gibbons JW (1982) The ecology of southeastern shrub bogs (pocosins) and Carolina Bays: a community profile. FWS/OBS-82/04. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Biological Services, Washington, DC
Tiner, R. (2003). Estimated extent of geographically isolated wetlands in selected areas of the united states. Wetlands, 23(3), 636-652.
-By Bianca Noveno