Alicia Castro and Lauren Scott running transects
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Alicia and Lauren running the transects

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Liana and Liz helping Brittny with her samples
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Teamwork!

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Jesus Salazar researching yellowtail damselfish
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Jesus Salazar researching the yellowtail damselfish

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Brittny’s sampling technique; researching White Plague
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Brittny Wiese taking coral mucus samples

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Getting off the boat
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Now that I am back in the states , and I have reliable internet access, I’m slowly coming back to reality. This trip has been one of the best experience in my life, thus far. The most important thing I’ve learned is that I need to get scuba certified A.S.A.P.!!! I can’t wait to go more on adventures and discover more wonderful places. Every now and again, when I stand up too fast, I still have trouble “getting off the boat” …

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Farewell Roatan, Honduras
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This trip for me has been an incredible experience. Not only did I have fun and enjoy my trip but I was also able to complete my research project. This trip truly has been amazing. The dolphin encounter, the scuba diving, the island dancers, visiting the markets, and just being in another country has been great! The one thing that I won’t miss about this place is the motion sickness. That I will be able to live without. The people that I roomed with were awesome. I definitely encourage other students to participate in the program. Not only do they get the experience of being in another country and being surrounded by a different culture, they also get the benefits of completing actual research that will benefit them. I saw so many different types of fish species and coral species. I saw the black durgon, the yellowtail damsels fish, many snappers and groupers, Gray Angel, French Angel, Queen Angel, Rock Beauty, and lion fish. All are beautiful creatures.  I also saw blue tangs, ocean surgeon fish, doctor fish, many star fish, and tons of crabs. The coral was very neat as there were many different kinds. The massive brain corals were cool to look at along with the lettuce leaf, fire blade coral, and sea fans. The night dive was a good experience. We were able to see some species that we would not normally see during the day such as the toad fish, lobsters, king crab. We were also able to see the bio-luminescent plankton when we turned our lights off. The people here were extremely friendly and hospitable. We had one of the best dive masters and boat captains. I would definitely want to visit here again. I am very sad to go but hope to visit again in the future. Bye Roatan, Honduras.

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A Real Research Team
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Liz and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of students to bring to Roatan. Their commitment to their research and to their team was exceptional. By the end of the week the group moved and worked as a scientific team. Students supported each other’s undergraduate research and worked as a cohesive unit. Last night, our last, the lab was buzzing with activity. The excitement of the trip was relived while the team helped Brittny finish her bacterial work, Liana and Christine with their zooplankton identification, and we all finished packing the lab equipment. Here are a few highlights from the research trip:




 

 

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Last day in paradise
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Today for a third or fourth day in a row started as a rainy one but seeing as it was our last day here I was determined to enjoy it. Today’s one and only dive was AMAZING although we didn’t get quite as much of our research done as I’d wanted I was pleased to have my dive buddy Andrea back and we saw all kinds of stuff on this dive. We saw two sea turtles, a lion fish, a few pretty big grey angelfish, and a nurse shark. After our dive we went over to the west end of the island to go exploring and I probably bought WAYYYY more souvenirs than I probably should have. Then to top the night off Christine, Lauren, and I went out for a last night kayak voyage and we all had a pretty good time at dinner. I am truly grateful that I got to come on this trip and experience and learn all kinds of new things. We’ll be leaving the resort early tomorrow but I have pictures and some pretty good memories to remember this place by.

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Last Night!
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     So today is our last night in this tropical paradise. I can honestly say that I had a blast while I was here and learned so many new things. 
      First we started our morning with a nine o’clock dive which turned out better than expected. We saw two sea turtles and a shark! We then went into the main land and we visited the Marine Park along with several other shops in which I was able to buy a few suvenirs. I was able to end my night with a delicious slice of key lime pie.
    Although I will surely miss this place, I am more than excited to head back home and get some decent internet service!

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