This week has consisted of a lot of data analysis and poster making. For a lot of us this is our first time making a scientific poster for a presentation. There’s been a lot of group interaction and peer reviewing both formal and informal which has been really helpful. We have a good group of interns here!
I’ve been trying to soak up the beach and the beauty of this area! Kaz and I have gone on many beach adventures and runs this week! I think it’s really important to explore the place that you live. There are so many beautiful places right here to appreciate. You may have been there a million times but you can still find something beautiful to appreciate. Like we often go to Bastendorff beach in the evenings. One day we went and explored the jetty and found a bunch of nudibranchs, and we’ve never seen them there before! There are always things to see and explore.
This internship has been an awesome experience. It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of life in the marine science field. There is so much to learn and explore in the ocean that is applicable to science, engineering, health, education, etc. It’s also taught me that I should never disregard my dreams as impossible. Before this internship, I thought that being a marine biologist was an impossible dream for me. How could I be competitive for a marine opportunity when I go to school inland? But no dream is impossible. If you really want to work for something you can attain it. Craig’s graduate student Caitlin keeps telling me that sometimes you pursue something you want and it doesn’t work out so you go for plan B and then C and then somehow in plan C you end up with what you were trying to get in plan A. The key is to never give up, keep trying, and use some creativity to adjust plans when they don’t happen like you wanted.
I’m sad to be heading into our last week but it will definitely be a good one!
Hi. I’m Kaitlyn Beard from Orem, Utah and am studying Biology at Brigham Young University. I love running, hiking, violin, guitar, good food, and life! I love marine biology but don’t have a huge opportunity to study it in Utah. I applied to this program to figure out if studying marine biology is something I want to do for a career. I’m heading into my senior year and am thinking about graduate school so hope this will be an enlightening experience. I’ve been paired with Nicole Wegrzyniak and we are really excited to be working with Craig Young! During the first week we examined larvae from the plankton, learned about the reproduction of bryozoans, and used underwater photography to look for ecological patterns on the Charleston docks. We are designing an experiment to measure larval recruitment and larval supply at different depths in the water column. We also plan to study the reproduction of a deep- sea brittle star from hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic Ocean. I’m really excited for this opportunity!