Introduction week at UNF started off on the right foot, a swim test. What better way to get to know everyone than by physical exhaustion? While hard, the swim test was mostly fun. Day two is when we got dirty(the fun part). Thursday was spent in the GTMNERR (Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve) harvesting Spartina alterniflora plugs, taking water quality measurements, and kayaking through the reserve. The last day of our half week at UNF was spent on data entry and analysis. Probably the most interesting part of this week was when we learned was about monitoring without damaging... Drones! We used a drone to capture images of transects in the marsh to observe any changes in the vegetation over time, without trampling through the marsh.
|Drone Self Portrait|
|Kenneth talking to us about the GTMNERR|
|Recording water quality samples for the day|
|Collecting Spartina plugs|