the 2002-2003 Stream Team
The Stream Team in the kitchen of F6
Dr. Diane McKnight is a professor in the Department
of Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado - Boulder,
and she's the head of the Stream Team. An Antarctic veteran, Diane's
been going "down to the ice" since 1987. She also does
work in the Arctic and in other areas of the globe. Diane loves
to travel and last year managed to visit four of the seven continents.
Dr. Darryl Moorhead is a professor of ecology at the University
of Toledo in Ohio. He models the Dry Valleys' ecosystem. An Antarctic
veteran like Diane, Darryl's been going to the valleys since 1991.
When in the field, Darryl doesn't have much use for ATV's or snowmobiles.
Instead he's known for hiking everywhere. It can be hard to keep
up! His radio nickname is Dinty Moore.
Darryl helps out
with chores at F6.
Jen - known around the valleys
as Just Baked - is a Ph.D. candidate studying microbial ecology
at the University of Colorado - Boulder. When Jen wasn't busy
searching the streams for signs of life like algae, she was
trying to keep track of her favorite football team, the Green
Bay Packers. Having growing up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin,
Jen's been an avid Packer fan for quite a while. And she made
sure to take her Packer hat with her everywhere in Antarctica,
including the top of Canada Glacier.
Jen on top of Canada Glacier
Karen - also known by her radio
name Krispy Creme - is a Ph.D. student in water resources engineering
at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She grew up in the DC
area but since then, has lived in places like New York, Wisconsin,
and the Czech Republic. She loves to hike and bike and is always
on the lookout for good chocolate. Karen worked with John and
Pete on measuring stream flow and chemistry in the Dry Valleys.
Karen hangs out next to
John - radio call name Juicy
Grapefruit - is receiving his master's degree in geography from
the University of Colorado-Boulder. John grew up in New Hampshire,
went to college in Vermont, then worked as an Outward Bound
sailing instructor in Maine. For fun John likes to do multi-day
rock climbs in which you have to sleep on platforms anchored
off a rock face high above the ground. (Yikes!) In the Dry Valleys
though, John found a new pastime - perfecting his lake ice routine,
which includes a forwards moonwalk, a backwards moonwalk, and
a funky slide. John worked with Pete and Karen on measuring
stream flow and chemistry.
new Antarctic hat.
You might wonder how Louise,
a native of Florida, became interested in heading to the considerably
colder Antarctic. She'll tell you - it was over ten years ago,
in 1989, after hearing polar explorer Will Steger, talk about
the continent. Fascinated by his stories, the elementary and,
for the past four years, junior high school teacher, started
working Antarctica into her curriculum. Most recently, Louise
was selected to go to Antarctica through the Teachers Experiencing
Antarctica (TEA) program. In the Dry Valleys, Lemon Head, as
she was known on the airwaves, led a double life - member of
the Stream Team's algae operations (algae ops) by day, reporter
for kids by night. You can check out her cool journals
by Jenny Baeseman
Erin just received her master's degree in environmental engineering
from the University of Colorado - Boulder. (Congratulations
Erin!) For her thesis she looked at algae collected from Dry
Valleys' lakes. But on this trip, she was working with Jen and
Louise to study algae in streams. Back in Colorado, Erin coaches
a girl's high school gymnastics team. When she's not coaching,
you can probably find her doing or planning to do her other
favorite sport - rock climbing.
Erin in the kitchen of F6
Photo by Louise Huffman
Pete, affectionately referred
to as Pepperoni Stick, grew up in New Jersey. Since then, though,
he's been moving west - probably so he can pursue two of his
favorite pastimes, fly fishing and whitewater kayaking. He now
lives in Wyoming and measures stream flow for the United States
Geological Survey (USGS), the agency responsible for obtaining
flow data from streams across the country. One of Pete's roles
on the team was to ensure that we followed standard USGS procedures
for measuring flow. Multitalented, Pete also showed off some
cooking skills at F6, especially when he made a very yummy lasagna.
Pete in the kitchen of F6
Photo by Louise Huffman
In the field we use radios
to communicate over large distances. Because many people may
be listening to a single radio channel, to get the attention
of a particular person, you call him or her by their radio name.
A radio name is typically made from the person's initials and
the standard radio alphabet.
But sometimes people get creative
and change the alphabet. Check out the Stream Team bios to find
out what radio names they were known by.