Day 11: Another Long Day of Research

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Today was our last day perfecting our survey method before we switch to a new method. The Red Mantas braved the rough waters today and surveyed reefs 33 and 38.  Luckily we did not have large swells today but the water felt much colder than the past couples of day.  This was probably due to […]

DAY 10: DEATH BY COCONUT

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  Today on Coconut Island….   The act of SCIENCE heats up as our groups master the techniques we have been practicing all week. After having four highly skilled teams work on different aspects of coral reef surveys – benthic surveys, timed swims, adaptive clustering, and water quality – our groups began to cement their […]

DAY 9: CAKE BY THE OCEAN

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After an early start and a brief run-through of our tasks of the day, each team set out for the boats, eager to get into the water.   The Blue team continued to survey the water quality, using the YSI probe, throughout Kane’ohe Bay. Everyone in the team got to practice using various techniques with the […]

DAY 8: THE SHOCKER

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Aloha mai kākou, its Kevyn and Baylee here to update you on our latest adventures on Moku o Loʻe. Our morning began with a quick briefing on today’s events and we wasted no time getting out onto the water to collect data. The water was chilly but the sun was out and kept us warm while we […]

Day 7: Sea Hares, Sea Cucumbers, and Sharks oh my!

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After an eventful rest day where we sadly found a dead turtle near sandy beach on island and had to complete our teams’ project proposals, we came back to class Monday morning to review each team’s assigned methods data collection (timed swim-red, adaptive cluster sampling-purple, benthic surveying-green, and water quality-blue).  After fine-tuning our planned data […]

DAY 5: Fundamentals of Fungia

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This morning we woke up to beautiful weather, strong winds, and a replenished stock of breakfast foods- thanks to Becca! After breakfast we had a skype GIS lesson with Dr. Wedding, where she gave us a tour of some of the map data that is available to us. Following our lecture, we had a very […]

DAY 4: Day 4 of No Sleep

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Today we started off with a skype visit from Dr. Wedding to give us a brief introduction to GIS which will help us in developing our research.  GIS stands for geographic information systems and is a tool used for collecting, managing, and analyzing spatial data. We started to think about our proposal ideas and figure […]

DAY 3: FUNGIA IN THE SUN-GIA

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As another rainy day started on Moku O L’oe , spirits were certainly not as damp as the weather outside. The four scientific paper summaries we ALL completed the night before (well, most…) found us admittedly exhausted, but still very much willing to learn more about the subject of marine habitats in Kaneohe Bay. We […]

Day 2: GETTING OUR FEET WET

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Aloha mai kākou, itʻs Baylee and Mike here! This morning we awoke to pouring rain and had our first breakfast on Coconut Island. We stayed positive about the coming day and received a boat safety lecture from Jason Jones. Everyone learned to tie a bowline and how to properly cleat a boat. Due to our collective […]

Day 1: Ho’omaka- To begin

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Aloha! 403 is back again this summer and all the students arrived on Coconut Island this morning ready to go. It’s going to be a month packed full of coral surveys, water analysis, benthic studies and more! In the classroom we have a great line up of guest speakers coming to talk to us about all […]