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This is the fifth in a series of posts by our intern Jeff  Jaureguy.     

This field research opportunity has been a very rewarding experience.  I have learned so much about entomology and proper sampling techniques during this trip.  After six whole days of collecting insects along the St Croix River I have learned how to better identify different insect phylogenies of caddisflies, mayflies, and stoneflies.  I have also learned proper collecting methodologies such as utilizing a beating sheet, dip nets, and also setting up ultra violet light traps for night collections.  Another skill that I gained from this trip from my mentors was how to write a proper field notebook.  I am very grateful for this experience in Dr. DeWalts lab at the Illinois Natural Survey and look forward to future field research experiences.  I can't wait to get back to the lab to process all of these samples and to analyze this data.  The next step in my summer internship is to finish my research proposal with this data collected and to create a poster to present this research at the illinois summer research symposium.  Thanks for listening!  
Jeff, Evan, and Alex Creative Commons License


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