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Time to go back to the mainland. It’s going to be tough getting used to the fact that there won’t be a perfect beach right down the street. It’s also going to be sad leaving all of the friends that I have made from the program. After a quick (few hour) packing, we are going […]


There are 15 of us left. Plenty of food. Enough sleep. The only thing I have suffered was a broken hammock. Quite the opposite of a survival story.
I made my presentation this morning and have been rehearsing it since. With a few run throughs, one with a TA, I feel pretty prepared. Public speaking isn’t […]


Second day of crunch time. Besides a quick run to the beach, I was in the barn all day and late into the night. There was another scare that our LevelLogger data wasn’t calibrated… again. With introduction, methodology, and results sections completed, I had little time to blog.
My next steps will include inserting figures and adding […]


It’s crunch time. We have two days left to wrap up our projects and throw together both a presentation and a paper on the matter. I can tell that I am going to get a little sick of the barn today. I didn’t get a chance to go back to the valley and hike up […]



Last day out in the field! And it was a rainy one. Since it had been raining all morning, there were puddles on the ground and on the roads for the first time since we got here. There were only a few of us left. The barn had captured the rest of us. We made […]


Back to the field. Scott and I left at 8 to meet up with some people from UH to map bathymetry and features with sonar. After an hour or so of setup, Scott set out on a ridiculously rigged kayak. The back had a wooden plank with a trolling motor on one end and the sonar head […]


We finally got another day off. But starting next week it’s going to be a blitz until the end. I went to bed late and woke up early, 5am to be exact. We hopped in TA Paul’s car and headed south. Greeted it a cloudy sunrise, we were a little disappointed, but within minutes there […]


Time for updates!
We had the morning to work on our projects and go out in the field… whatever was necessary. I stayed back.. and I got a little stir crazy. However I did get a bunch of work done! I successfully got my LevelLogger conductivity/temperature point data organized into one .mxd file. I started analysis and got some […]


I went out on the water again today! This time the water was a bit less choppy and my crew was a little bit different. My goal was to collect finer data by upping the conductivity sample frequency from once per 30 seconds to once per 10 seconds. After that, me and my hardy sea […]


Too much inside. Although we planned on being out in the kayaks again today, we wound up being inside at Dr. Becker’s place the entire time. We had a very hard time getting the conductivity and GPS data to sync up. We wanted to get them synced up via time, but unfortunately, after several hourts […]

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