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On San Salvador!

Day one, a Haiku: anticipation cool blue waters ‘round my brain octopus ate conch   After two days of traveling, we finally made it to San Salvador! But before we got there, we made use of our time in the airport to discuss how coral reefs and tropical islands form. Once we were settled in […]

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San Sal dump reef

Day 12: The long and winding road

Professor’s note: Sadly, the sun has risen on our last day on San Salvador.  Shortly, we will clamber onto the back of a blue truck for one last ride to the airport, the start of our long journey to points north.  The fine breezes and pleasant temperatures that we were treated to for most of […]

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final exam

Day 11: Nerding and vacationing – The chronicles of San Sal come to a close…

The honor of the last student post goes to Jasmine Crowell: Today was one for the books (or more specifically, our lab notebooks that just got graded…yay). We started off the day like every other, going to breakfast and feasting on eggs and a muffin. We then dashed back to our rooms for some extra […]

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corals and algae at Barker's Point

Day 10: last day of data collection (and a night snorkel!)

Today’s volunteer post is by Gaitlyn Malone: Last night was the moment we had all been dreaming of (or internally freaking out about), the night snorkel. Just as the sun set, we grabbed our gear and dive lights and headed for Dump Reef. After about a 10-minute walk, we made it to the location and […]

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Day 9: Another day in marine science paradise

All of the students have contributed a post to this blog.  The remaining posts will be on a volunteer basis… our first is by Adam Armbruster: Today was nothing short of another extraordinary day in this tropical paradise. After breakfast we loaded up good ol’ Truck S and headed out to begin our third day […]

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Caribbean Spiney Lobster

Day 8: scraping algae, taking names (literally)

Today’s post is by Kristen Wexler: Today we had another successful day of carrying out our studies and enjoying the beauty that this island has to offer. Shortly after breakfast this morning, we grabbed our equipment and headed out to complete our second day of research. Along the way to our destination, we took some […]

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The Thumb

Day 7: Science!

Today’s post is by Kayla Bouchard: Today was a little different than the other days we have had here. After breakfast we met in the lab to go over the order of operations for our first day of research. We loaded up the back of the truck with our gear including one meter quadrats, transect […]

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Enjoying a much deserved treat in the back of the truck

Day 6: swim to the abyss

Today’s blog post is by Stephen Fleitas: Another day, another adventure on beautiful San Salvador. Today, after previous days of hard work observing coral reefs, sea grass meadows, and mangroves, we decided to take it a little slow (Professor’s note: this was their one half-day off!). We started our day with a delicious breakfast and […]

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Souther Stingray (Dasyatis americana) (edit)

Day 5: The Search Continues…

The internet was not cooperating last night, so another late post, today brought to you by Zach Enck: Ladies and gentlemen, today can only be described as a day of great adventure, a day filled with mystery, danger, and a whole lot of science. After a long day of scienceing yesterday all of us were […]

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Day 4: long swims

Today’s blog is courtesy of Jasmine Crowell: The chronicles of San Salvador continue… Today was the same as yesterday: a full journey. After breakfast, we made a few tourist stops, first to the scenic Fernandez Bay, where Columbus was once thought to have originally landed. We then headed over to the remains of Watling’s “castle”, […]

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