SEA Currents: life on shore
July 30, 2017
A Relaxing Sunday
Today was a relaxing, beautiful morning- we had the latest wake up call yet (8:45), so we could wake up a bit earlier and drink some tea, or sleep in. We had a delicious breakfast of French Toast and sausages with maple syrup, thank you very much Sabrina!
July 29, 2017
Beach Cleanup and Moana
We awoke this morning at 6:45 (or 5:50 to those of us that shower in the morning and have to share a bathroom with 7 other people) to the fabulous smell of breakfast sandwiches and coffee. After breakfast (thanks Sabrina!), we journeyed to the Madden Center, pumped for the morning beach cleanup. Upon our arrival, we entered the lecture hall to the startling news that we happened to be 30 minutes early (I could have slept until 6:20), and that we had an hour long lecture before we went to the beach.
July 28, 2017
Woods Hole and Looking to the Future
Despite all the research and social experiences I’ve had as part of the PEP program so far, the past couple of days of being in the program have me setting my sights beyond this summer and even beyond graduating college. Several days ago we took the time to attend a panel of WHOI graduate students working on their doctorates, to hear what they had to say about preparing for graduate school.
July 28, 2017
Happy Birthday Mira!
It was a relief having to wake up at 7:30 today, as we had significantly earlier wake-ups the previous two days. We had cereal for breakfast, and in general, the morning was calm. We attended a drawing session conducted by Victoria Smith, the SEA alumni relations coordinator, in which we practiced natural history sketches. We practiced different styles, such as blind contour drawings, line contour drawings, and timed gestures. It was refreshing to have a less stressful morning than the previous two.
July 27, 2017
Mystic Seaport Field Trip
The wonderful 6:15 wake up today had every one of us filled with joy. (jk) We slept walked down to a table filled with bagels and fruit to start our long day ahead. Chores were completed before we all mustered to board our bus to Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. After another two hour nap opportunity most of us gladly took, we finally arrived in Mystic around 10.
July 26, 2017
Living in the Moment
When I was younger I would travel to a new place and never think about being there. I would have an experience and not be in the moment, I would passively participate in a moment. I honestly lacked an appreciation of “the moment”. I didn’t know that as I got older, most of the people that I had these great experiences with would no longer be part of my life. I didn’t realize that sometimes there are perfect moments that might only happen once in your life. I didn’t realize I was having a perfect summer until after it was fall.
July 26, 2017
Woods Hole Adventure
This morning we had a voyage to Woods Hole to explore the ecosystem of the Cape’s water. We started the day with a boat ride. On the boat we used many oceanographic instruments such as underwater sled, a dredge, and CTD (which records, temperature, salinity, and depth of water). We used the dredge to get animals that live on the ocean floor. We found star fish, sea urchin, scallops, spider crab, jelly fish and whelk.
July 25, 2017
Where has all the time gone?
I can’t believe it’s week seven. My time in PEP is flying and it has been an absolute dream! During my seven weeks, I have engaged in research, workshops and have developed wonderful friendships with my mentors and peers. For some time, I have been fascinated by hydrothermal vents, so to be studying them is a great honor and accomplishment. In the lab, I have been given the opportunity to familiarize myself with vent organisms and to analyze their community composition after a lava eruption on the seafloor.
July 25, 2017
Sippewissett Salt Marsh
Today, our 2nd day of SEAScape, and actually our first full day, we took a field trip to the Sippewissett salt marsh. After arriving by shuttle, we explored the extensive marsh, and collected samples of critters such as crabs, minnows, shrimp, pike fish, and other aquatic species that we were able to find and catch with nets. After exploring the winding streams and ponds full of diverse organisms we deposited all that were found into buckets, making sure to separate larger crabs, and potential natural predators from smaller creatures, so as to ensure the survival of as many organisms as possible.
July 24, 2017
Welcome SEASCape Session 2!
Despite the rainy and gloomy Monday weather excitement was high as we welcomed 25 new SEASCape students to the campus for Session 2! They come from all over the country and the world bringing their interests and eagerness to learn over the next three weeks. After a general orientation with parents, students, faculty, and RAs we broke off in to our individual houses to get to know each other and our house procedures.