Last summer I was fortunate enough to take a study-abroad marine microbiology course at Emmanuel with Dr. March (one of my favorite faculty members here). After the lecture portion in the Spring, we got the opportunity to travel to Australia to conduct field research as well as explore both Sydney and Queensland. I always knew I would like field work, but after snorkeling and diving at the Great Barrier Reef, I realized I had a real affinity for marine biology. This, among other things, inspired me to pursue an internship at the New England Aquarium and I have yet to regret it!
Below are some pictures from the trip. Also, I hope everyone likes the fish pun, my friend told me it “cod” be better.
Hailey Laflin, Executive Director of Finance on the SGA, but more importantly, my best friend.
An impressive giant clam. Mangrove trees are very important.
Seriously, do your research.
A rather large spider hanging out at one of the wet labs (my face for scale).
This coral reef tank cycles water from the harbor so researchers can monitor the conditions closely. You can learn more about this research facility here.The whole crew.
Tjapukai Cultural Park
This is Connor (also my best friend) and he took a lot of the pictures in this album as well. On this day we learned about some of the aboriginal people in Northern Queensland who were kind enough to welcome us with this face paint.
The Daintree Rainforest
One of the cooler things we got to do on the trip was climb this crane at the observatory (50 meters high).
A terrifying, but awesome experience.
This trip really gave me a different perspective on marine life. Now, when I look into the coral reef tanks at the aquarium I’m filled with determination to spread the word about the challenges they face today. I’m even writing my senior seminar grant proposal on the topic of coral bleaching! I guess what I’m trying to say is find something that inspires you and let it drive you.