Macros, Macros and More Macros, Oh My!

On Thursday, October 28th, Candie Wilderman (Founder & Science Advisor), Stephanie Letourneau (Community Science Specialist), Phoebe Galione (Outreach Manager), Jinnie Monismith (Science Advisor), Cat Dickman ‘22, Darcy Bromley ‘22, Michelle Hom ‘24, and Michelle Cao ‘25, presented together in a Macroinvertebrate Webinar open to all…

My Sustainability Day Experience

Campus Sustainability Day took place on Thursday, October 28 on Dickinson College’s Britton Plaza. With many college organizations in attendance, ALLARM among them, the event highlighted sustainable action on campus and allowed attendees to learn more about organizations like Dickinson’s Center for Sustainable Education and…

Equipment Drop-Off & Training in Erie, PA!

On Tuesday, October 5th, Julie Vastine (Director) and I drove up to Erie, Pennsylvania to drop off monitoring equipment for the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association (PLEWA). Upon our arrival, Julie and I met with the leadership team of PLEWA to discuss their monitoring study…

Macroinvertebrate Collection: An Exciting First!

On Saturday October 2nd, ALLARM piloted using the Chesapeake Bay Program Macroinvertebrate collection method with Stream Team volunteers in York, PA at Mill Creek. The event was exciting, and the weather was perfect for our activities. We were surprised after driving through urban York to…

Stream Team Meeting at Opossum Lake

On Monday, September 20th, ALLARMies Stephanie Letourneau (Community Science Specialist), Phoebe Galione (Outreach Manager), Michelle Hom ’24, and I hosted a meeting with the Cumberland County Stream Team at Opossum Lake. The meeting was a chance for us to collect quality control samples from volunteers,…

Senior Seminar Community Science Discussion

On Tuesday, September 21st, ALLARM joined Professor Tom Arnold’s Coastal Biology Senior Seminar to facilitate conversations about community-based science, to provide background on ALLARM’s history, and to discuss our role within community-based science. Julie Vastine (Director) gave the class a brief introduction, drawing on her…

Sustainability Orientation at Laurel Lake

On Sunday September 12, ALLARM collaborated with Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) to teach first-years about biological and chemical water testing at Laurel Lake. During this sustainability-themed orientation event, we worked with students to catch and identify different species of macroinvertebrates (like larval-stage insects,…

Summer Times

This summer, I had the opportunity to be a full-time Watershed Coordinator for seven weeks at ALLARM. I was so excited to be able to do this since I had not been able to physically work in the ALLARM office, as a result of COVID,…

National Water Quality Monitoring Conference

Grace: Throughout the last week of April, I was able to attend several sessions for the annual National Water Quality Monitoring Conference. This year’s theme was “Working Together, Virtually, for Clean Water,” and the week was filled with opportunities to attend sessions relating to water…

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