Sunday, 15 May 2016

UNF Introduction Week with The Spartina Spartans!

sorry for the quality! its more clear on my Gopro and computer

With one week down already, I can't even begin to imagine how fast the rest of this course is going to go. Starting off with a swim and snorkel test always gets me exited, because you know that being in the water is going to be a majority of what this course will consist of for the next few weeks. The best part of this week was for sure being at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuary Research Reserve (GTMNERR) collecting Spartina alterniflora, or smooth cordgrass, for their hydroponic system. Science is always more fun when you can get your hands dirty, as you can see in the video! After collection and doing some water quality tests, it was amazing to get to kayak in the reserve and enjoy an absolutely beautiful day on the water. Overall, this week was filled with learning opportunities. From knowing more about salt marshes and all of the services they provide to the environment and how rising sea levels effect the marshes I know choosing to take this course, and choosing to be a Marine Science Major, was the right path for me!

Photo Credit: Corey Corrick

This upcoming week we are heading to FAU's  KML (Keys Marine Lab)! I've been here before and I can't wait to get back into the water and hopefully see our friendly KML manatee and KML sea turtle again!! <3

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