Week 5 was mostly spent counting phytoplankton from our water samples. We are almost through the 45 or so samples from July 17th and 18th and will need to go out for a new sample set this week. The new sites at Pack Trails and Shore Acres are exciting places to sample because of the high cliffs and necessity for a rope to assist descent at one point. Because several of the sites now require a very low tide, it will most likely be a two or three day project to get samples from all of the sites.
The highlight of the week was our trip up to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. We heard about several of the projects the other COSEE PRIME students are working on, had a delicious Thai lunch, visited Otter Rock (where we saw whales), and heard a talk by Carmel Finley on some of the fishery history of the Pacific Northwest. Our evening ended with hamburgers and hotdogs from the grill of Itchung Cheung, who’s house has an amazing view of the coast at Newport. I’m looking forward to having the Hatfield group visit us here in Charleston this week.
|A view from within the Devil's Punchbowl|
|Exploring at Otter Rock|
|The view at dinner|