Day 4: ♪Won’t you take me to … Turtle town♪

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Today started with splashing outside from a mysterious source. It grabbed our attention thus we lay our eyes upon the window in curiosity. But the source of the sound was gone like a ghost in the wind. Now up we prepared for our third day on Moku o Loʻe by making our breakfasts and lunches […]

Day 3: All Aboard the SS Randall (Read for more details!)

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Before we could embark on our first exploration of Kaneohe Bay, we began with a boat safety and knot tying lesson from Jason Jones. It turns out, we aren’t all the best at tying knots, but we have 4 weeks to practice.   After we made it on the boat, we (for obvious reasons) needed […]

Day 2: A New Year, new students, and a new project!

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We have a great new class of Bio 403: Field Problems in Marine Biology students. A little bit smaller than last yearʻs cohort, 9 adventurous souls have boarded Research Vessel Moku o Loʻe for a 4 week tour of Kāneʻohe Bay to study the thriving population of green sea turtles! Recent research suggests the turtles […]

Day 21 – pHun in the Kitchen

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        Sorry! Mike here, forgot to post last night, everyone was working on their final papers and trying to polish up the final presentation. Somehow, purple team found time to make everyone some amazing taquitos and quesadillas!   The end is near, miss the good old days of field work!   Fungia […]

Day 20: All Sun-gia, No Fungia, and No Worries et al.

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The students woke up today with the knowledge that it would be our last encounter with Biology 403 field work in the bay, which left a bittersweet taste in our wetsuits. It was the first time that it truly felt as though our adventure was winding down when it would be the last time entering […]

Day 19: On this episode of Survivor…

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This morning started off in the classroom working on our results with Dr. Wedding and Dr. Bahr. We continued developing our maps on ArcGIS and working in our results until lunch time. Presenting them in groups helped us to improve and clarify our discussions. After lunch, half the group headed out in the boats, the […]

Day 18: G-I-S-S-I-N-G

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Today I woke up to a nice, breezy, and partly cloudy morning. As I woke up, my mind was on automatic pilot, and it seemed like another wonderful day. It wasn’t until later that I realized today was different, that today would be the beginning of the end of our journey on this island within an […]

DAY 17: SHE SELLS STATS BY THE SEA SHORE

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Bri from the purple team here! As we near the end of our field days all the teams are going crazy running analysis on all the data we’ve collected! And boy is there a lot of it. Dr. Bahr was kind enough to give us a lecture on the JMP program today that is going […]

Day 16: You Can’t Spell Fungia Without Fun… or UNG

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Day 16 on Coconut Island. Last night, we got the exciting opportunity to watch coral spawn at midnight, pictures of which can be seen below: Our second instructor, Lisa Wedding, arrived on Coconut island last night in order to teach us how to use the GIS mapping program to map our reef results as we […]

DAY 15: FUEL’S GOLD

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The day started off with a stats sesh, as Dr. Bahr and Dr. Hunter enlightened us on the use of statistical analyses for our projects. Blue team had a great time. You know, we were running on fumes – literally – for the boat. We stopped by Heeia Pier to refuel the Hinalea. Red team […]