SEA Currents: life on shore
July 10, 2017
Education At Sea
Today we woke up to Sabrina’s amazing blueberry muffins and turkey sausage. Then we made sandwiches for lunch and the first group left for the Zephyr boat trip. On the boat, the first group was able to use various oceanographic equipment to observe the oceans. We used a dredge to collect benthic organisms. We collected and observed sea urchins, sea stars, sea snails, a few hermit crabs, coral, and a few scallops. We also collected and observed plankton. We went back to shore and traded with the second group. We went back to the Zephyr building and played with the topographic sand.
July 09, 2017
Sunday: Brunch, Yoga, Beach, Coffee
We started our sunny Sunday at 0900 with a beautiful brunch of homemade french toast, scrambled eggs, and juicy nectarines. After completing our daily chores, we headed back to our rooms to prepare for the exciting day ahead of us. As today was Sunday, our non-academic day, the RAs had planned three different activities in which we could partake: we could venture into the quaint town of Falmouth, walk to a nearby beach to go swimming, or be driven to Falmouth High School in order to relax by the freshwater pond and play tennis/basketball.
July 08, 2017
Geology, Over Fishing, and a Navigation Challenge
Today marked the last day of classes during our first week, with everyone excited for the free day on Sunday. After eating our cereal, we learned all about the Bowline Knot, a highly useful knot often used on ships. It is a deceptively simple knot that took the group several attempts to properly learn. We headed up to Madden Center to take our classes for the day. First up was our introduction to Geological Oceanography. Our teacher, Jess, began by teaching us all about plate tectonics. We learned about the history behind the discovery of ocean ridges, ocean trenches, and continental drift.
July 07, 2017
Ocean Acidification and Lots of Rain!
The day began with bagels and cream cheese followed by chores. Then we hurried up to Madden center for our watch meetings before the rain could start. Today in our watches we responded to some of the Leadership prompts and shared a few until Oceans & Society started.
July 07, 2017
Science in the Field at Woods Hole
Today is the end of my first week of the internship segment here at Woods Hole PEP, and it’s been one experience after another. I go to Amherst College, a liberal arts college not too far from Woods Hole. As great as it is, the chance to work in the field doing research hasn’t really come my way- until my internship began at the Woods Hole Research Center. You might expect a research internship to consist of working in sterile labs, poured over glass vials and odd instruments, and to a certain degree you may be right.
July 06, 2017
Coming to Woods Hole
Before coming to Woods Hole, I had only departed Baltimore with academic aspirations one other time. The summer between my eighth and ninth grade years I attended a Lead America summer program at Georgetown University, and it was amazing because I was able to meet kids just like me from all across the country. I have the opportunity for the second time in my life, here in Woods Hole while participating in the Partnership Education Program, to learn and grow with others from across the globe.
July 06, 2017
Special Thanks to Ben Harden
We started the day with English muffins filled with cheese, ham, and eggs, and immediately got to work on our chores. After cleaning, we grouped into our watches and learned the square (or reef) knot, as well as the slip knot equivalent. When we had all mastered the new knot, we headed up to the Madden center for our Oceanography lesson.
July 05, 2017
Exploring the Marsh
We rose early to go to Sippewissett Marsh. We caught Pipefish, crabs, and a baby Horseshoe crab. We surveyed the whole area collecting data (e.g. pH, salinity, water clarity, sediment composition) before making our way home. We took some marsh creatures back for later observation, but unfortunately there was a crab on crab altercation, and one had to be sent home.
July 05, 2017
My research is about validating aging methods for Lophius americanus. In order to do this I need to dissect them to remove their illicium, otoliths, and vertebral columns. The dissection room is located on the first floor of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center. It’s a clean room longer than it is wide with work benches along a windowed wall. We take the monkfish out of the specimen freezer (which is a brisk -10°C) the day before to thaw. One by one we lay the fish out on a measuring board to measure their total length. Then we weigh tem and place them back on the board to begin cutting.
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.