Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is a University of Minnesota field station dedicated to research and teaching on how ecosystems work, with an eye to cultivating an appreciation of their value and preservation for future generations. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities at and about Itasca.
Get to know Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories' Senior Lab Technician Lindsey Blake! If you visit, you may see her around the Station - be sure to say hello.
When did you start working at Itasca? I started working at the Itasca Station in Spring of 2017 as the Senior Lab Technician.
Spring is springing - the dining bell is ringing. This is a special time of year in the north woods, concluding what many call ‘mud season’ but what I call the ‘spring frolic.’ This is when sandhill cranes headed to greener fields fly over trumpeter swans settling in for summer. Barred owls’ hoots are throaty and yearning.
Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories recently launched a call for proposals for seed grants for future research projects at the field station. These seed grants aim to spark new scientific inquiry and research at the field station and facilitate preliminary, higher risk efforts focused in up-and-coming creative spaces (e.g., techniques, emerging theory). Field stations, however, focus on places with particular qualities amenable to sustaining longer-term research.
Lesley Knoll, station biologist at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, is taking her love of photography and science to the world of social media. She recently launched the #lake365 project. The goal: to take a photo of Lake Itasca from the same spot each day for a year.