Aboard the Lake Guardian
In September 2010, IIHR Research Engineer Keri Hornbuckle and a small group of student researchers set sail aboard the EPA research vessel
Lake Guardian to collect air and water samples for PCB testing. They boarded the vessel at Navy Pier in Chicago. Click on any image to start the slideshow.
Photos by University Relations photographer Tim Schoon
The EPA research vessel Lake Guardian.
IIHR Research Engineer Keri Hornbuckle (left) and students Zach Rodenburg and Rachel Yucuis prepare to board the EPA research vessel the Lake Guardian.
IIHR Research Engineer Keri Hornbuckle prepares for a research cruise on Lake Michigan; Navy Pier is visible in the background.
Hornbuckle and her team prepare equipment for the research cruise.
Hornbuckle and the students will gather air and water samples to test for PCBs.
Student Rachel Yucuis gets settled in her cabin aboard the Lake Guardian.
Zach Rodenburg (right) helps prepare equipment for the research cruise.
PCBs have been found in the air, water, and soil in the Chicago area around Lake Michigan.
Yucuis listens as Hornbuckle explains how to set up the equipment aboard the Lake Guardian.
Rodenburg lends some muscle to the preparation efforts.
Yucuis prepares a piece of equipment for the testing expedition.
Getting ready is a extensive process.
Faculty member Keri Hornbuckle meets with her student research team in the vessel’s galley.
The downtown Chicago skyline provides a backdrop for Hornbuckle’s work.
Hornbuckle says the toxicity of PCBs is well known, but not completely understood.
Hornbuckle is one of several researchers involved in the Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program, an initiative that studies the sources, transport, and fate of PCBs.
Hornbuckle’s research has focused on the Great Lakes.
Yucuis makes an adjustment as Hornbuckle looks on.
Rachel Yucuis (foreground) and Zach Rodenburg complete safety training in preparation for a research cruise on Lake Michigan.
Looking good — and safe — aboard the Lake Guardian.
The IIHR research team aboard the Lake Guardian.