As the sun sets on the horizon of the Great Barrier Reef, I am reminded how truly blessed I am to be here on Heron Island. If you had asked me what I was doing this summer a year ago, studying coral reefs wasn't even on my radar. I'm so glad I took Trisha's Ecology class and this opportunity presented itself
Today I decided to talk a walk during some free time to reflect on some of the things I was learning. As I strolled through the forest I pondered the diversity of the ocean. We had a lecture today on some of the major phyla present in marine systems. There are so many different body plans and ways an organism can make a living. As I walked farther into the jungle, my mind wandered to the transect lines we laid and the fish abundance project we carried out. Though the footage was hard to analyze, the project shed some light on the abundance of fish during high and low tide. The jungle ended and I found myself a nice shady spot on the beach to sit and study. The ocean stretched out before me, my mind caught in the grandeur of it all, I felt peace.
We also had the opportunity to listen to a seminar on the current condition of coral. Though the seminar we attended tonight highlighted the dangers the reef is facing, it gave me hope. People are trying to make things right in the world. Coexistence is possible. Science provides the knowledge to make it so. Next time you get the chance, stop and watch the day change to night. Who knows, you just might change too.
Hi there! I'm from a ski town just south of Salt Lake City called Cottonwood Heights. Being so close to the mountains all my life has enabled me to have a deep and meaningful connection with nature. Join me as I learn and experience all that the natural world has to offer!