What do you get when you combine 33 keen undergraduates with a range of muddy habitats? A whole lot of fun and great insight into marine biology away from home!
As teaching assistant I helped the School of Ocean Sciences Lecturing team from Bangor University to transfer these young scientists across the Atlantic to the wonderful town of Wachapreague, home of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Eastern Shore Lab. With the help and expertise of the excellent VIMS staff we were able to survey the shores of Chesapeake Bay. Sampling from patchy oyster reefs to surveying the sandy shores of cedar Island the students looked at biodiversity, zonation, habitat environments as well level surveyance. Incorporporating all of this together the students understood how all fo these factors interplay thus leading to the creation of such important habitats.
Thank you to VIMS for such a great trip and for access to their incredible knowledge and new laboratory facilities.