About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

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  1. James M Schaefer, Ph.D. says

    The project sounds like an attempt to gather useful data. We all should be interested lake water temperature and chemical data as a baseline for future comparisons. It will be important to store some samples as technological advances in the next decade or century may determine the need for new tests of water from this 2023 baseline. It will also be important to provide precise records of sampling sites for replication in the longitudinal study design. It is also critical to plan for correlations with weather data from existing sources such as the Whiteface Mountain Schaefer Observatory and related monitoring by the University at Albany Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. Other existing floral & fauna data bases should be incorporated into the study design for possible correlation. This is particularly true if the investigators really mean “Climate” and “Change.” That lofty scale is huge.

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