Aug
02

What I’ve Learned from the College Woods, Lake Matoaka and Fungi

Hi all, this is my summary post for everything I have learned this summer. It is pretty neat to look back on what topics I was researching at the beginning of the summary and how each idea one after another slowly led me to where I am now. At the very start, I was trying…
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Jul
25

Planned Private Mushroom Hunt!

After paying a hefty price in the form intense itching to get plant samples from the College Woods, I have decided once again to punish myself in the outdoors to advance my project. Through a vendor I met at the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market, I am planning on visiting a massive property used for mushroom foraging…
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Jul
25

Leaf Samples from the College Woods

In order to break up my deep dive into articles studying the role that fungi, plants and clay soils impact Cesium-137 and Americium-241 mobility, I went to the College Woods where I took my soil core to collect some plant samples last Sunday. As a well seasoned outdoor enthusiast, I made my game plan and…
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Jul
18

Mushrooms Tell me I’m a Real Fungi

Hi all, this week has been marked by constant researching regarding the biological uptake of Americium-241 and Cesium-137. One of the primary variables I am interested in that determines the migration of Cs-137 through the soil is the recycling of Cs-137 due to fungi, plants and trees. I don’t think that this trend applies to…
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Jul
14

Figuring out the Trends in Am-241 and Cs-137 Peak Depths

Hi everyone! Currently, I am sifting through dozens of papers to get a better understanding of Am-241 and Cs-137 mobility through the ground. I have about 2/3 of the data I intended to collect from my soil cores at this point, and I am in the midst of interpreting what is occurring. The soil depth…
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