Day 8: Ridge to reef

Aloha!
Despite the fact that this was not a field day, BIOL 403 students were happy to spend the day avoiding the rain and enjoying informative lectures. The first lecture of the day was from our very own Dr. Ku’ulei Rodgers aka Mother of Coral who discussed her work with the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP). From this lecture, we learned what factors are impacting Hawaii’s coral reefs throughout the past 15 years. It was interesting to learn how factors such as wave intensity, depth, and sediment impacted our local reefs. We also learned about the supporting evidence of the ahupua’a system and how are watersheds are closely related to the oceans. We have learned that as of now, we as sprouting scientists are crucial to the health of our reef in the future.

Acting like fish and turtle with Ku’ulei

Acting like fish and turtle with Ku’ulei

After this, our good friend (Justine’s best friend) Keoki Stender taught us all how to make our pictures not crappy. Keoki not only shared his own background with us, but also gave us tips on how to take down the competition in the upcoming photography contest in which he and his wife, Yuko Stender, will be the judges. We also got to play with his gazillion dollar camera!

Megan and Justine posing next to the Photography King and his gazillion dollar camera

Megan and Justine posing next to the Photography King and his gazillion dollar camera

We also got visited by another one of our favorite people, soon to be Dr. Megan Ross who taught us all about how to make numbers mean something. We her help, we all revised our projects in order to answer our research questions using statistics. Her awesome flow chart was put to the test and prevailed.

Megan2 and Justine getting ready to sleep through the stats lesson

Megan2 and Justine getting ready to sleep through the stats lesson

Our last awesome guest lecture was from Dr. Zac Forsman who taught us about the applications of genetics in the field of biology. He focused on Montipora dilatata and its unique genetic similarity to species of the same genus as well as his love for coral gardening. Finally, he helped us refine our projects and gave us new, interesting ideas.
All in all, it was a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,
Megan and Justine

Embarrassing pictures of the crew:

Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker

Crash

Crash

Frogfish

Frogfish

Green Megan

Green Megan

Shaaaaaun

Shaaaaaun

Struggles

Struggles

Townsperson

Townsperson

Chili

Chili

Night Owl

Night Owl

Runner

Runner

Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks

Ke$ha

Ke$ha

Hammer Head

Hammer Head

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One Response to “Day 8: Ridge to reef”

  1. anuinhawaii Says:

    Loving your guys blogs!!!!!
    Keep up the great work! ;-)
    Anuschka

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