Today marked the beginning of our independent research projects. Everyone split into pairs and I was lucky enough to end up with Bryce! Each pair had to come up with a hypothesis we could test and collect data for over the next 4 days, and Bryce and I agreed on looking further into cleaner wrasse. Our research project is looking into the relationship between cleaner wrasse and the fish they are cleaning and how much time a wrasse spends cleaning a fish based on its size. I'm really excited with where our work is heading and I'm unbelievably lucky to have such a smart and fun partner.
Thia afternoon we had to work on writing out a proposal for our project and what should probably have only taken us under an hour took us about 2. We just got so distracted with good conversation with Saul or my scatter-brain-ness or making up gibberish words sung to the tune of "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid. Also Bryce plays the harmonica which I am constantly asking him to play.
The Day ended with a walk down to the jetty with Cassie and Bryce to watch the sunset. Sunsets here have been great already, but today the weather changed up a bit and there were lavender chains of clouds and baby pink fading into the orange sky. It's always a nice, beautiful and humbling way to end the day.
Tomorrow we start collecting our data in the field at high tide. Wish this scatter-brain some luck!
I am a Wildlife Science major with a minor in Philosophy at USU. I am passionate about studying and conserving our planet. I love to travel and explore and meet new people. My hobbies include hiking, doodling, yoga and doing my best to make the people around me smile!