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Dr. Carolyn Hunsaker Dr. Carolyn Hunsaker

Ecologist: My favorite science experience was identifying a major gap in knowledge, and designing and implementing a large-scale experiment with a diverse team of people. Our team believes this experimentís findings will make a significant difference for forest health and water supplies in California.
In this photo, I am inside an instrument shed pouring a water sample from the automated sampler in the background. This sampler contains a computer that runs several instruments. These instruments measure streamflow and turbidity and take automated water samples for later chemical analyses.
The instrument sheds, which are built deep in the forest, provide protection for the instruments.These small sheds also house the solar-powered batteries that run the instruments, and they provide shelter for research technicians during bad weather.