Guest blog post by Science Educator Allison Hren
For two weeks, the Women of the Sea participants have been collecting data about the intertidal zone on Hurricane Island, and on July 28th, they presented their research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Divided into two groups (splitting time between Hurricane Island and aboard a schooner), they developed a research question and hypothesis.
In-between data collection and analysis, the students spent time learning about the ecology of the ocean around them. They went lobstering and learned about Hurricane Island’s scallop aquaculture. From rock climbing to hiking, the students learned a great deal about our island ecosystem. We even got to check out what was on the sea floor, when we snorkeled together!
On the Vela (captained and owned by Havilah Hawkins), the students worked together to help steer and direct the boat, as well as taking part in boat chores, singing on the deck and watching the stars.
Watching the students grow as young scientists was inspiring! In a relatively short period of time they brought their own skills to the table and helped each other produce incredibly well done research that was clearly presented. We had so much fun with the Women of the Sea, and hope they bring their incredible enthusiasm for the natural world everywhere they go!