Introduction and Welcome

Hello, and welcome to Wilds on Frack, where I’ll be posting all about my research adventures in June with Dr. Grant and the rest of his lab as we traverse through the Pennsylvania Wilds. We’ll also be hearing from a few guest posters from time to time, to help gain different perspectives on the research we are conducting. Our first day out in the field for the Marcellus & Mercury project will be June 9th, and at that point we will be posting daily.  Between now and early June, we will be working on several other projects (and blogging weekly) to update you on our progress on those projects.

I feel like it’s worth noting that at this time about a month ago, I was barely even aware of fracking. I had no idea what it actually was, or why it seemed like such a big deal to everyone. As far as I was concerned, fracking sounded like something I learned to do in high school calculus. But now I’ve entered into this whole other world of fracking and streams and mercury, and it’s all very interesting and exciting. I know my way around a test tube, but the kind of research that the Grant lab is conducting is all new to me. So for those of you who are intrigued by what we’re doing but aren’t necessarily as well versed in fracking research, you should be able to learn right alongside me.

It should be a blast. I can’t wait to go out into the Wilds.

– John Dubensky