Reflection Upon Returning Home
Aug29

Reflection Upon Returning Home

Having spent a few weeks since returning from my study abroad program, I have definitely had time to reflect upon my experiences. During my six weeks in Roatan, Honduras, I learned so much in regards to marine science and field research. It has truly broadened my understanding of the subject and has allowed me to form real world connections to information I all ready learned. Studying the reef systems there has provided me a...

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Gaining A Bit of Perspective
Jun16

Gaining A Bit of Perspective

Nothing compares to field experience. You can spend months in a classroom studying something but until you see it out in the real world your perception of it is never quite true. You need to see it in relationship to the other things in its environment and then you can form new questions based on those interactions. For example, this is a Xestospongia muta sponge. It is one of many sponges that I am responsible for identifying while...

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A Marine Scientist’s Ideal Study Abroad
Jun02

A Marine Scientist’s Ideal Study Abroad

You see where those waves are breaking. Right there and about forty feet down is where I will be spending most of my summer while in Roatan Honduras. I know what you are thinking, though. Forty feet down, forty feet down where? Well, it’s forty feet down to reach the depth of an amazing and dynamic reef ecosystem. I am apart of a biodiversity study that is accessing the growth or decline of the reefs surrounding the island of Roatan....

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