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Ecology Of Atlantic Shores
IntroductionImagine yourself one moment stranded upon the cold, rocky intertidal zone of Nahant searching for snails and crabs as try not to slip and fall. Then at the next moment imagine yourself sitting on a warm sandy beach in Bermuda without a cloud in the sky, putting on your snorkel gear as you get prepared to journey off into the clear blue ocean in search of coral and the species that inhabit them and the area around them. With these images centered in your mind you now have a clear picture of what this class holds in store. Of course there was a purpose for going to these locations, which was to conduct research for our personal projects. The class consisted of 20 students and each had their own project which was attempting to answer a personal question they had about the rocky intertidal and the shores of Bermuda. The purpose of this site is to show my research for the class, the results that I obtained, and the path that I took to get those results.
During October our class traveled to Bermuda in order to study its coral reef and tidal regions. After a few days of traveling around to various beaches in Bermuda we were given the opportunity to do our own research on whatever we felt curious about, limited of course to the tide pools and reefs. Some favored topics were fish schooling patterns, coral diversity and health, along with a variety of studies dealing with snail and limpet behavior.
Throughout the semester the course took several trips to the rocky intertidal found at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant Massachusetts. Once there we studied the snails, crabs, algae, etc. until we each came up with a question we wanted to study about Nahants intertidal zone. Typically study in Nahant involved slipping over rocks and seaweed, sticking hands and feet into very cold water, and occasionally getting pinched by crabs.