Spring break was relaxing but spring quarter is here and we have hit the ground running! We are over halfway done with our project and we could not be more excited for all the interesting things we have left to do. So far, we have been working on sending out thank-you letters to our wonderful donors (check out our donor wall in the previous blog post!) and are planning our underwater selfies. The data team has been extra busy! We recently received preliminary data from the first couple of field days and have begun playing around with it. Also, we spent some time in the Flow Cytometry lab last week in order to analyze our phytoplankton samples – results to come later!
The next couple of months are going to be packed with activity. To start this off, 4 of us are headed up to Bodega this weekend to spend some time at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. We are going to pile into a car Friday morning and do the 6.5 hour drive up to northern California for the weekend! Kristen will be showing us around and having us assist her with some lab work. We will also hopefully get to explore some of the surrounding area and do some hikes. After this trip, we expect to have 2-3 more field days, so look out for updates on those! Finally, we are extremely excited to be expanding our project goals to include an aerial map of the restored kelp forest. We will be working with UCLA Professor Kyle Cavanaugh and the UCLA Zodiac Crew to make this happen.
Make sure to check out the UCLA IoES Instagram and TBF Instagram to see a couple shots of us out in the field!
Team Member of the Week: Rebecca Ash
I am an Environmental Science major minoring in Conservation Biology. I was born and raised just outside of San Francisco, in Marin County. It was here that I fell in love with the ocean and the life it contains- I spent my summers watching Shark Week and then going swimming! At UCLA, I am involved in Chi Omega Sorority, the UCLA Water Ski Team, and I volunteer in an Ecology lab. In the future, I hope to pursue a career that bridges the gap between environmental research and practical social implementations.