The last few days the team has been busy wrapping up our transplant experiment, TLICE. This involved us going out to our hole in the polar haven, (a hut in the middle of the ice to protect us from the elements) and to the moat to pull up the frames that have our transplanted microbes in dialysis bags, or sausages as Parnell calls them, attached. After retrieving the sausages, we slice them open to get their water and then filter that water for various analysis such as DNA, chlorophyll content, and carbon and nutrient content. Additionally Rachael has started a new experiment, currently known as MMIC (spoken as mimic) where she and her colleague, Ian Hawes, takes frozen mat samples and thaws them in a containers stored in the lake to see if these are a major source of nutrients! We are quite excited to see how this turns out when we pull this experiment out on Monday!