Presentation given at TEDdy Talks hosted by CSU Monterey Bay (May 2016)
Biodiversity in decline: how human behavior promotes invasive species
Finally we land in Yap State! Our flight landed close to midnight, but even so, I am hit with a wet wall of heat as I step off the plane.
Day 5 of the International Coral Reef Symposium, and I missed it! I was not disappointed, however. We need to leave today if we are to make the once weekly flight to the Ulithi Atoll.
As you might imagine, getting to one of the least visited countries in the world is no easy feat.
After a couple of intense packing days, we are ready for the first arm of the expedition! Through this process, I definitely learned a lot about preparing for science in a remote region.
Lesson 1: When in doubt, pack that screw AND the screwdriver to fit it!
For the expedition, we will be taking 2 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and a series of baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS). As I am in charge of the
This semester I have focused my research on the California market squid
This summer I had the opportunity to conduct original research at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) in Watsonville, California. In addition to assisting with ESNERR’s regular monitoring projects, I conducted an observational study to study a possible link between an invasive crab (Carcinus maenas) and poor water quality due to eutrophication. Trekking through the mud to deploy and retrieve traps was exhausting but worth the effort! I discovered how rewarding original research can be!