For 5 days, a research team from Columbia University traveled to Tampa Bay to deploy a suite of oceanographic sensors to collect data in a mangrove site and sea grass site. My partner and I built a fast pH/O2 sensor that was deployed for the first time. As always, field research means making mistakes and correcting them on the fly!
In the upcoming month, I'm headed to the Azores Islands of Portugal for a field course. As the marine specialist of the group, I was in charge of gathering information about this incredible ecosystem. Let this be your guide if you're trying to find a place where an unexpected ocean floor feature leads to amazing marine biodiversity.
Since beginning my work in biological oceanography, I've had to learn about a lot of new techniques. I hadn't ever made petri dishes before, so I figured I'd write a how-to. Now you can get ahead of the curve and skip some of the common mistakes! Happy plating 🙂
A few weeks ago, two professors and I went out onto the Hudson to measure particles from kayaks as a part of my PhD research on urban water quality. While data was collected, the resultant comedy of errors showed us instrument towing is from a motorboat for good reason!