Today, by virtue of finally having time to hold our first group meeting, we finally figured out what we are doing here and why. Or, rather, we took the first steps in that general direction.
Unfortunately, we had no sooner done that then sadness struck. Having swooped in and got us up and running, Rudolph and the crack Munich mesocosm team departed for points south, as quickly as they came. With the four of them gone and Jussi home for the weekend, it is pretty quiet around here now. And in the evenings, the cook is also not around. We have the run of the place.
The afternoon and evening today were spent on relaxation, nutrient addition, and working further towards being ready to start our experiments. Richard and Sari will probably start their first set of experiments tomorrow (it is 9:37 pm right now and they are still out at the mesocosms doing trial runs of their sensors and other equipment, not to mention taking the Bolinopsinator out for another spin). We think we will start ours on Wednesday morning. We could start them on Tuesday, but reinforcements arrive only on Tuesday night and we certainly need the extra two sets of hands.
Emerald Moth (Geometra papilionaria). And it only took me 5 minutes to figure that out.