Max McGeown’s Summer Research

Max McGeown is a senior from Lexington Massachusetts, and this summer he’s been working with Professor Verheyden-Gillikin at Union. His project is called Temporal and Spatial variation in ion and trace mineral concentration in urban and natural streams in and around Schenectady. Max has been traveling to local Schenectady streams taking measurements with a YSI probe of pH, temperature, oxygen content, and salinity. The purpose of my research is to see the extent in which urban streams exhibit urban stream syndrome by comparing urban and rural streams. Max’s work will continue over the next year as part of his senior thesis where he will analyze sample from these streams for Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, and Chlorine.

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