Redesign of the Emriver Em2.

Redesign of the Emriver Em2.

I’m super excited about our redesign of the Emriver Em2 model.  After many hours of meetings, emails, CAD work, research on materials and methods, and prototype building, I think we have the basic design figured out.  The first design, based on twenty years of...

Research and development at LRRD.

Research and development at LRRD.

I’m way overdue on an LRRD progress report:  We’re doing research and development on several fronts, including sensors and methods for full motion controlled models.  In English that means that things like valley slope, water and sediment discharge,...

Little River rides the economic roller coaster.

Little River rides the economic roller coaster.

Or better, the bobsled.  This figure is from a recent report by the National Federation of Independent Business (via Andrew Sullivan’s blog and the Economist). With strong encouragement and financial support from my wife Kate, I expanded Little River Research...

Jesse Riechman leaves LRRD.

Jesse Riechman leaves LRRD.

I hired Jesse Riechman as a prototyper in late summer of 2007 as LRRD outgrew my home office.  Jesse left us last November to become a full time grad student in SIUC’s Forestry program. Jesse had many skills, from fixing motorcycles to deftly dropping 250-pound...

SIUC stream ecology lab at LRRD.

SIUC stream ecology lab at LRRD.

Today Checo Colon-Gaud brought his SIUC advanced stream ecology class to LRRD for a lab.  Checo (holding before and after signs) is an NSF-funded postdoc famously featured in our Em2 video. I talked about our work and urban stream restoration.  Then the students moved...