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.
What do you do here at the Station? Like many people working at field stations, I wear many hats. I assist with classroom set ups, especially for the Field Biology Program courses. I help with research at the station. I help keep a variety of other things running including our lab and field equipment, data management, the library, specimen collections, recreation gear, and IT infrastructure.
Why were you interested in the job? I have a Bachelor’s in Biology and Master’s in Integrated Biosciences from the University of Minnesota Duluth. I worked for 6 years at the EPA as a Biologist. I have experience working outdoors and also in the molecular field which complements the changing field of biology and many of the courses at the station.
Favorite parts about working at the Station? Collecting water samples on Itasca on a sunny day, working with data, and working in Itasca’s library.
Other perks? We are close to park trails at the station. During the winter, I cross-country ski in the park most days after work. I love to do anything outdoors.