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Women of the Sea Students Dive in to Research Projects on Hurricane Island

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. 

 Desiree shares her research investigating green crab populations on different substrates in the intertidal.

Desiree shares her research investigating green crab populations on different substrates in the intertidal.

 Audra and Emma going through scallop spat bags for their research on species diversity within them

Audra and Emma going through scallop spat bags for their research on species diversity within them

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!

 Coming back from a successful morning spent lobstering!

Coming back from a successful morning spent lobstering!

 Women of the Sea, right after snorkeling, doing a diving sign, letting us know they are "O.K."'

Women of the Sea, right after snorkeling, doing a diving sign, letting us know they are "O.K."'

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.

 The first half of the group to sail aboard the Vela, enjoying a beautiful sunset.

The first half of the group to sail aboard the Vela, enjoying a beautiful sunset.

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!

 Heading out to collect data for their research projects. At this point they were experts. :)

Heading out to collect data for their research projects. At this point they were experts. :)

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