Scaffold Construction and Laboratory Analysis
The scaffolds were constructed in my basement lab by combining sodium alginate with calcium chloride. The lab was used not only for constructing and evaluating scaffolds, but also for total phosphorus analysis, a complex procedure which measures all forms of phosphate down to an accuracy of 1 ppb phosphate when completed with certified quality control samples. After learning the procedure from a lab technician from the University of Maine Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory in 2014, I have performed the procedure dozens of times, sometimes for my own research, sometimes in the analysis of water samples for the Meddybemps Lake Association, and sometimes while training other aspiring student researchers in the procedure.
- Paige Brown