SEA Currents: Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
June 30, 2017
I began my academic journey at a community college, then transferred to my dream school: University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as a Marine Biology major. In fact, I just completed my first year! Before I transferred to UCSD, I presented my summer research with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference in Washington, DC. and PEP was there. Like many, I heard many noteworthy accomplishments about Woods Hole which initially intimidated me to walk past their table. However, I reconsidered that decision and spoke with the program representative. Inspired by the opportunity, I applied and was accepted!
This summer, I will be conducting research at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) doing a carbon inventory of the above- and below-ground biomass in the WHRC forest. This is my first time doing terrestrial work, so I am very excited to make connections between the ocean and land! The day I walked into the WHRC, I was mesmerized. Not only by its architecture and landscape, but by the community. My mentor, Kathleen Savage, toured me around the center and introduced me to numerous scientists. I learned about their role in the science community and the contributions they continue to make toward climate change. Later that day, I was invited to a weekly Friday seminar presented by Jonathan Sanderman about carbon mapping in mangrove forests. The seminar was very personable and provided a casual dialogue with the scientist. In return, I received a basic foundation for my summer project.