Leo is off to Sea Ranch to monitor the seabirds! We tested the scope and gathered warm clothes. Stay tuned for updates from the Sea Ranch crew.
In February, we presented at the annual Pacific Seabird Group conference. While there we met Kristina’12 and alum Steve Hampton. Sagehens were well represented!
A shout out to the PARENTS who attended the meeting! Thank you for your support! Nicole’s parents are pictured above and Mimi and her Mom are below.
Kristina’12 who studied Cassin’s auklet diving behavior for her senior thesis, has continued to pursue her passion for birds and remote islands after she graduated. She spends her summers working with the Puffin Project on islands off the coast of Maine and lately has been studying passerines with the Biodiversity Research Institute.
Last Sunday Neha’14 came in from Costa Rica, Jamie’14 from La Jolla, Sophie’14 from Los Angeles, and local alums Rose’14, Nai’14, joined seniors Ramon’15 and Dakota’15 and Prof. Karnovsky for breakfast! It was so great to hear about explosive frog breeding events, catching and tagging sharks, writing about biodiversity, working for social justice, building ponds and infusing a sauna with local herbs, making documentary films and applying for international fellowships to do conservation work!
Last week students shared their summer research at the Pomona College Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session. Nicole’15 shared her work creating computer programs to analyze diving data in her poster, “Automating the Analysis of Cassin’s Auklet Diving Patterns Using Time-Depth Recorders and Python Programming.” Ramon’15 presented his poster on the study he carried out at Sea Ranch this summer, “The Bigger the Beak, The Faster You Seek: Foraging Time and Offspring Provisioning Among Pelagic Cormorants.” Alumna Sophie’14 returned to present her findings on the expansion of Common Murres on Gualala Point Island in her poster, “Common Murres, Cormorants, and Citizen Science; Sharing Space on Gualala Point Island.”
Dakota’15 is spending her summer at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado on an REU grant (Research Experience for Undergraduates).
Charlotte Dohrn’13 who wrote her senior thesis with me is following her passion for sustainable fisheries and is at the UW Fisheries Research Institute field camp on Lake Aleknagik, AK helping to collect data on the run size and population structure of the sockeye salmon runs. She writes, “We’ve been counting the salmon (alive, senesced, female, male, bear kill, etc.) in the streams, taking otoliths, seining for resident fish, and collecting bear hair samples for genetic analysis.”
So starts my 6th week working on my programming project. I’m currently working on putting my programs together so that whole files of data can be analyzed automatically when imputed into the interface I’ll be designing later this summer. The challenge is finding patterns in the file that allow the program to understand when a set of data is starting and ending so that it can be analyzed but the correct other program.
Last week I took a break from programming to create and present a poster on my project at a HHMI conference at Harvey Mudd. It was great to see what other people around me are working on and to meet some of the other people on campus as well as see enthusiasm for my project!
Here are a few more updates from recent grads. Nikki’13 who worked on the murrelet project counting zooplankton, spent the last year having all sorts of tropical wildlife adventures and is off to veterinary school in the fall! You can read about her amazing year here:
Rose’14 was a student in my Aquatic Ecology class. She is working as a native plants landscaper and climbed Mt. Whitney this summer! Before Jamie’14 went to Sea Ranch, he and Claire’14 visited Laura’14 in Alaska!
Neha’14, who worked on the video analysis of nesting murrelets is studying red eyed tree frogs in Costa Rica! She is with Cassandra’14 who worked on the Antarctic otolith project.