|Thought the sun set on my time at Shannon Point I will never forget it.|
This program reinforced my decision to make a huge life and career change moving from law to science. Everyone I had the good fortune to interact with this summer was so amazing, friendly, helpful and excited about science. Not only did COSEE help me become confident and comfortable in my decisions I was lucky enough that Shannon Point Marine Center is part of Western Washington University where I was accepted and will start in the fall. I feel like I really have a foot in the door and more understanding of my program of study and the opportunities available to me at an undergraduate student. I also am already planning to apply to be an REU student next summer, something I may not have done without this summers experience.
When our final numbers were crunched it is evident that the oyster restoration project is considered successful, a very happy moment for me. Between this project and the City of Anacortes working to clean up their entire waterfront from historic mill operations the area is, and will continue to, recover ecologically. Additional sites have shown to be promising as well and oyster seed will be planted this fall or next spring.
Thank you COSEE for an unforgettable summer and life affirming experience I will carry this forward with me using all I have learned to be a better scientist.
|Crista working her magic with a camera older than herself.|
|Crista's installation, everyone's pictures and cyanotypes.|
|The wonderful students I was lucky enough to spend the summer with.|
|The end of one adventure simply signals the beginning of another.|