Week two at Vester was a blast! We started off the week going out on the boats to take sediment core samples near Mound Key. We learned about Mound Key and its historical aspect, then went and became geologists for the day. After the core was collected and brought back we were able to decipher its hidden messages to us about sea level rise. learning about transgression and regressions proved to be quite fun, and at the very bottom of our core was around 4000 year old mangrove peat.
Thursday was all about the seagrass, and thanks to Dr. Douglass we had a blast learning about it. We talked about its importance, its needs, whats harming it, and how to monitor it. Then we went out on the boat to some different sites where ten years ago reported to have seagrass. what we found at some of those sites was not seagrass and this brought up an important questions. Is seagrass declining? How can we monitor it and protect/preserve it?
Looking forward to what is next.
-Antonio Aidan Arruza