When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
|THEN, IN WISCONSIN.|
As a kid growing up in Wisconsin, I never really understood exactly what a marine biologist did because, well, I didn’t live near an ocean. When I finally experienced coral reefs up close and personal, I was enamored and my career path was set in stone! Choosing marine biology as an undergraduate, I was immersed in classes ranging in topic from marine mammals to chemical oceanography. But when I started learning about coral-algal symbiosis I decided that corals were my bread and butter. As my senior year was winding down, I decided to participate in an internship at Mote Marine Laboratory. This took me to Sarasota, FL to study coral disease. Little did I know this would lead me to move across the world to Guam!
I arrived in Guam for graduate school and soon began working on a variety of coral projects, but my main gig was evaluating coral disease and benthic communities around Guam. After graduating with my Master’s, I wasn’t ready to leave Guam, and thankfully, Guam still had a place for me. In February 2012, I began my stint as a “Regional Support Specialist” – a.k.a. a monitoring assistant for the Guam long-term coral reef monitoring program!
|NOW, IN GUAM.|
My role in this program is to help in the monitoring of reef health, analyze data that has been collected, and to relay this information to the public. So if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! In the coming months, look for more information about the monitoring program and what we’re up to! Also, if you missed it, check out Dave Burdick’s blog from a couple of weeks ago where he talks about the monitoring program. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, April 4, 2011
Location: Hagatna, Guam