This summer, Oregon State freshman Emily Pickering will travel to Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, to study lionfish as a member of zoologist Mark Hixon’s team. Pickering, a University Honors College student, is the first freshman ever to accompany Hixon and his group to the tiny island, where they will spend much of their summer underwater, surveying the invasive (lion)fish and their effect on coral reefs.
During her time there, Pickering will be helping Ph.D. student Mark Albins with his research on lionfish population dynamics. In the free time she has, Pickering will run her own experiments – she’ll be studying lionfish prey preference and digestion.
She will also be blogging about her experiences in the Bahamas, so that readers and students get an idea of what day-to-day life at a research station is like.
*The photo of the lionfish in the blog’s header was taken by graduate student Mark Albins.