For our first night in Chile, we kept things simple...get familiar with our surroundings, eat, and rest. We had dinner out at a local surf and turf cafe--the food was amazing. Steaks, ceviche, fresh seafood, papas fritas, and Chilean malbec. It was a good way to start the trip.
Tomorrow, we get a rental truck and gear up for the research. In the meantime, here is a picture of the U.S.-based research team, clockwise from left:
Dr. Ryan Pollyea - Assistant Professor of hydrogeology at Northern Illinois University,
Ms. Elizabeth Olson - Ph.D. student at NIU specializing in stable isotope geochemistry and climate change,
Dr. Sue Swanson - Professor of hydrogeology at Beloit College,
Mr. Richard Jayne - M.S. student at NIU specializing in basin-scale fluid flow and geostatistics, and
Dr. Justin Dodd - Assistant Professor of stable isotope geochemistry at NIU.
For the LINCOLN LIONS: Our trip yesterday started in Chicago. Then we took airplanes to Miami (Florida), Santiago (Chile), and Iquique (Chile). Ask Mrs. Phelps if she can show you a map of these places on your overhead screen. What kind of animals do you think we'll see? What kind of food do you think we'll eat?