Research Field Trips
January 2011The main purpose of the first trip was to establish research sites and obtain a background of data that will inform decisions on subsequent PIRE research trips to Tengchong. More specific goals were to obtain high quality geochemistry data, samples for nucleic acids extraction and analysis, samples for microbial isolation for further characterization, and preliminary rate measurements of a variety of N-cycle processes from a wide variety of springs in Tengchong. The trip took place from January 1-January 21, 2011 and included 8 US participants from UNLV (Hedlund, Dodsworth, Regner), UGA (Zhang), Miami (Dong), NAU (Hungate, Brown), and ASU (Hartnett) and 10 participants from China from CUGB (Jiang, Guo), Tongji (Ren, Wang, Huang, Zijun, Li), and Yunnan University (Yu, Song, Zhou). The expedition was extremely successful and we are busy gathering and analyzing data in the lab.
Check out our video montage from the January 2011 trip and visit the January 2011 trip page for participant interviews, pictures, and videos.
- June 2011 Research Trip to Tengchong, Yunnan Province, China
Eric Boyd (MSU) and Chuanlun Zhang (UGA) sample at Rehai.
June 2011The June 2011 trip to Tengchong was the first of two large-scale PIRE-funded trips to Tengchong. The trip included basic physicochemical characterization of the springs, detailed community carbon and nitrogen cycle measurements, and collection of samples for longitudinal studies of microbial communities, samples for whole-community and virus metagenomes and single-cell genomes, and samples for microbial cultivation. The trip followed the all-hands meeting in Wuhan that was hosted by Dr. Yanxin Wang, president of China University of Geosciences Wuhan and a research symposium at Yunnan University hosted by Dr. Wen-Jun Li, director of the Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University. We were in the field from June 5-June 20, 2011. The trip included 19 US participants from ASU (Hartnett, Oiler, Yu, Shock, St. Clair), MSU (Boyd), Miami (Webb, Dong, Huang), NAU (Dijkstra, Brown), SFSU (de la Torre, Johnson), UGA (Zhang), and UNLV (Hedlund, Thomas, Gevorkian, Calica, Peacock) and 14 participants from China from CUGB (Jiang, Guo, Huang, Wang), CUGW (Wu, Ping, Deng), Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Wang), Tongji (Li, Xie), and Yunnan University (Yu, Ming, Li, Zhou).
Visit the June 2011 trip page for participant interviews, pictures, and videos.