With only three days left on Lee Stocking Island, it’s hard to believe this summer is already coming to a close. There are mixed feelings involved as my departure date grows nearer. On one side, I can hardly wait to board the plane back to my family, my friends, and my home. Missing them has [...]
I had the morning off today and thought it would be a great opportunity to bring you all up to speed on the lionfish invasion. Lionfish were first spotted off the coast of Florida, far from their native range in the Indo Pacific. It is currently under speculation how lionfish were first introduced into the [...]
There are two cameras at Lee Stocking Island that are constantly running. One is a dock cam, the other a reef cam. You can access these live video feeds and more information about the Perry Institute for Marine Science at www.perryinstitute.org . The links to the cameras are on the home page.
When your office is the ocean and your co-workers are wild animals, new challenges present themselves in exciting and unpredictable ways. No matter how much you plan for the unexpected and prepare for the worst, mother nature never fails to surprise… This is the beauty of fieldwork. The first challenge of fieldwork is getting there. Keeping [...]
September 5, 2009 Looks like there won’t be enough time to replicate all of my observations. With only five days left on island our main focus is to tie up any loose ends to other experiments. The past few days I have been going through all my data, which supports that lionfish are crepuscular. This [...]
The Perry Institute for Marine Science is located on a skinny piece of land just 3 miles long called Lee Stocking Island (LSI). There are no hotels, no stores, no coffee shops. The nearest civilization is on Great Exuma about a 20 minute boat ride away. There are some tricks to living on an island. [...]
Exactly one month left here on Lee Stocking Island. Where has the time gone?
September 1, 2009 Finally my fish are hunting again. I think part of my problem was that the lights in the lab were constantly on. This could have stressed out my fish and might explain their apparent grogginess during the feeding trials. August 29, 2009 Still having some issues with this experiment. The last two trials [...]
I’m officially starting my research project today! There are two main parts to my study; one is looking at prey preference and the other is a behavioral study. Right now I’m getting all geared up to start my prey preference section. As the experiments progress I will keep you all updated on both setup and any interesting [...]
As of today I am half way through my Bahamian adventure here on Lee Stocking Island. I have had the privilege of meeting some very interesting people whom I’ve learned a great deal from along with many experiences I will never forget. Living and working here has challenged me both physically and mentally, resulting in [...]