Hello humans, this is Sarah Albright and Kelsey(again). We are currently attempting to do some chilling after our first official field day working on our research projects. Also really feeling a nap would be nice after a long beautiful day in the sun followed by an AMAZING tofu curry dinner made by Anita with Jess as helper.
As you know if you have been following the blog, collectively we are analyzing different aspects of a phenomenon known as “coral calving”. The entire class of 13 has been split into three, more manageable research focus groups. One group is looking at the effect of topography and sedimentation on the frequency of coral calving. Another group is analyzing wave motion and anthropogenic stressors as a factor of coral calving. The remaining group is quantifying coral species diversity on coral calves. Together we are hoping to successfully combine our research efforts to accomplish a well rounded study of coral calving.
Today we visited three of the reefs we will be analyzing; Sliver Reef, patch reef 31, and patch reef 28.
To record data while in the field we use special waterproof paper! Wahoo! The group analyzing topography actually ended up using geometry to determine the angle of the slope of the reefs! Yay science! Please tell our high school geometry teachers that they were right all along we would need those skills later in life (haha).
For all the hard work we are doing, we still get to enjoy gorgeous days on Kaneohe Bay and witness the sighting of majestic creatures in the wild. We’ve seen hammerhead sharks, green sea turtles, christmas tree worms(yay!), and unfortunately portuguese man o’ war siphonophores (OUCH!).
That’s all from us, make sure to check back daily for more page-scrolling adventures!