The Messer laboratory is currently being setup at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Please check back for upcoming opportunities (particularly graduate students recruitment). Positions should be coming up involving emerging sensor technology and emerging pollutants in agricultural and municipality systems.
Experiments have been at an all time high the past few months. Photodegradation evaluations of dissolved organic matter and its byproducts have been underway as well as the impacts of photodogradation on imidacloprid and its byproducts. Results will be presented at the upcoming Ecological Engineering Conference in Knoxville, TN (June 6-9).
Yesterday was an exciting day in the field. I was able to go and check out three locations in the Neuse River Basin that will serve as the primary areas my next experiment will be centralized. The water ended up being very high yesterday. I had decided to take some water samples to bring back to the lab to complete some trial runs in the photo simulator. Unfortunately, I had not planned for 10 ft deep water. Therefore, with a rope, duck tape, zip ties, and a little engineering Dr. Laura Merriman and I rigged up "The Spidey", which now serves as a water sampling device that can be thrown off bridges to collect a grab sample.
Neuse River in Ft. Branwell, NC