This course is designed to allow students to design and implement two
studies, one in Nahant, Massachusetts on a Northerly Atlantic shore and
one in Bermuda, a more Southerly Atlantic shore. We were able to design
completely independent projects and were given time in which we were in
the field conducting our experiments.
This website represents
the culmination of these two projects, and also includes data from a
pre-field study the class conducted at Clark University. For more
information, click on one of the links above, or continue reading.
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In this project, I focused on three
aspects of water
composition of a
variety of tide pools in a high rocky intertidal zone found at
the Northeastern University Marine Center. I was able to look at the
water quality of six specific tidepools and manipulate the outside
environment in order to determine the effect of light on the pH of the
water, the salinity, and the dissolved oxygen levels found in
- and ultimately on the organisms living in the pools. How do snails
and algae behave when their lights are turned out, and what happens to
the water they call home? Splash!
a part of the course, we travelled to the warmer shores of Bermuda to
conduct another field study. In this project, I focused on the habits
of the fish family Scaridae
- more commonly known as Parrotfish - and their roles as
the coral reef ecosystem. I tracked two species of Parrotfish and
observed their feeding behaviors as well as the numbers of bites on the
rocky substrate. Why follow giant beautiful fish for hours a day? Snorkel
with me and find out!