Sunday, 18 June 2017

FIO Adventures: The final stop

Just as every other week of this amazing course, this week in Pensacola was a pleasant surprise. We started off the week with Dr. Eble and Dr. Caffrey traveling around the Indian River Bayou collecting water samples and testing the water quality. This was intended to be done in kayaks but unfortunately the weather was not on our side all week. However, we were able to do everything we had planned. On Tuesday, we studied the Pensacola watershed and how developments have impacted these areas. We were also able to join a group of graduate students on Wednesday to study shore birds and their nesting areas. We ended our final day on the field by getting an introduction to beach geomorphology and touring the EPA research station on Sabine island. Dr. Eble helped make this week possible even under rainy conditions. We got to learn about new habitats and use completely new instruments.
Collecting pore water from seagrass beds
Using an engineers level to measure dunes

This class as a whole is one of the best decisions and investments I've ever made. Having the opportunity to work with several professors from varying fields of study was extraordinary. We learned more skills in a span of five weeks than we could ever learn over a complete semester. I'm grateful for all the experiences I've gained from this course and I want to thank every single person who helped along the trip, including our awesome GAs Casey and Sarah. As rigorous as the past five weeks may have been I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

2017 FIO Students!

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