Lakes are for nerds.

Dear water-drinker:

I know that as a water enthusiast you are keenly aware that fresh water on the earth’s surface is relatively scarce. You might also know that water quality (whatever that is) changes over time, and can be measured. Monitoring the water quality of lakes is the job of a variety of people ranging from hobbyists to engineers, hydrologists, and limnologists (scientists who study inland waters). These teams of people labor arduously to ensure that the water you drink is free of impurities, and that lake ecosystems are preserved and maintained more effectively.

What you don’t know is that these professionals are a bunch of badasses. My extremely biased view is that limnologists are the most hard core of the lot, requiring diverse skill sets ranging from surviving hypothermia to climbing mountains and treating altitude sickness. (In addition to all of the boring stuff like, you know, writing grant proposals.) Inspired by their badassery, I decided to begin graduate work in lake science. Looking back after a couple of years, it is safe to say that I had no idea what I was getting into. Suddenly my life shifted from cramming for the morning’s exam to working with dangerous chemicals and scaling mountains.

Join me for a frank discussion about lakes, love, and — well, mostly lakes.

— Rebecca.


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