by Michelle Albinus, Claudia Thölen and Jochen Wollschläger
7:05 a.m. My first walk takes me not directly to breakfast (and to the loudly calling coffee), but to the universal lab - my cave, my playground. In the center is a large, square wooden table with laptops and protocols spread out on it. Along the walls are lab tables that house all of our equipment. During the course of the sampling station three of them will reveal to me what particles are in the water by absorbing light.