Posted by: sarahegner | April 8, 2015

MRDF Research Department Lowdown

The research department has been busy the past few weeks.  Whenever we have a lull in student groups (they are far and few between this time of year) MarineLab’s instructors are making the most of them.  Just in the past two weeks we have been cruising Florida Bay collecting water samples to be analyzed by UM researchers for cyanobacteria, collecting and filtering samples from Tarpon Basin for a University of Florida program (with assistance from visiting students), surveying our (3!) seagrass sites in Largo Sound and entering data for Seagrass Watch scientists, and analyzing phytoplankton samples collected by 10 different local community members for a collaborative project with NOAA.  Looking forward to getting out to our mangrove restoration site this Friday to check on the babies.

Days that look like this aren't so bad...  Every other month we head out into Florida Bay to collect water samples at 15 different sites.  The samples are analyzed by University of Miami's Dr. Brand who is specifically looking for cyanobacteria levels.

Days that look like this aren’t so bad… Every other month we head out into Florida Bay to collect water samples at 15 different sites. The samples are analyzed by University of Miami’s Dr. Brand who is specifically looking for cyanobacteria levels.

One of the mangrove babies planted last year that we will measure this week

One of the mangrove babies planted last year that we will measure this week

Cap'n Driver taking us out to seagrass site #2

Cap’n Driver taking us out to seagrass survey site #2

SK looks super excited after an afternoon of seagrass surveys.  (I know Breege is smiling behind that bubble...)

SK looks super excited after an afternoon of seagrass surveys. (I know Breege is smiling behind that bubble…)

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