The trash team was at it again! Michaela Miller and I presented at the California Channel Islands Symposium on October 5th. I presented my project on the ingestion of micro plastics in sand crabs and she presented on her Marine debris project. Both of us are looking to move onto graduate school in the Fall of 2017.
I am lucky to get to work for UC Santa Barbara on the S.O.N.G.S. Project as a field technician in the Salt marsh. I am having a great time learning about all of the fish, identifying the different species of Gobies and Invertebrates. We spend time identifying birds as well as plants throughout the marsh.
Last Saturday I was able to present my undergraduate project at SCAS at USC. It was exciting and nerve racking. I got to hear a lot of very interesting presentations on marine pollution and other interesting research.
Went out to Anacapa Island this weekend to finish up my advanced open water certification with Ventura Dive. Next stop scientific dive school in Long beach!
This last week we tried some different solutions for dissolving crab tissue and shells so that we might “float” our plastics out to save time when looking for plastics. We are tweaking the methods used in the Claessens et al 2013 paper. We are having to tweak because they fried all of the fibers from the samples. I will have more updates later in the week.
Saturday I was able to have a booth at the LA Water Keeper event at Paradise Cove, Malibu The Annual Stand Up for Clean Water event is awesome as professional athletes along with weekend racers come out and paddle to raise awareness for clean water in Los Angeles county. Due to some strong winds the first race was cancelled half way thru and the beach party started a little earlier. But the wind dies down and the relay and kid events still got to go on in the afternoon. Robert Kennedy Jr. and his wife Cheryl Hines were there to discuss the history and importance of the work that each and every person needs to continue doing to ensure that we keep our watersheds clean.