When people call or write, I’ve found that most are interested in what i do everyday out in the field. So, I thought i would elaborate a little. Right now the gradstudent I am working with is researching the effects of lionfish density on an entire reef. Primarily looking at the recruitment of native fishes and observing [...]
I’ve decided that collecting lionfish is a lot like an extreme version of an Easter egg hunt. Instead of baskets, we have hand nets. Instead of on land, we’re underwater. And instead of eggs, we’re hunting a fish adorned with 19 venomous spines. I can hardly believe they’re paying me to do this.
Over the past couple of weeks I have come to realize that many events in my life have helped to prepare me for this adventure to the Bahamas. None of these experiences were conscious decisions I made in order to make myself more eligible for the job, but are proving to be very useful now. I’d like [...]
During my first week on Lee Stocking Island, I have learned some major do’s and don’ts. First, never forget to call mom and dad to let them know you made it safely onto a secluded island in the Bahamas. It will nearly cause them a heart attack and result in your own embarrassment when they call everyone on the [...]
Life on Lee Stocking has been all about falling into the routine. Every day begins with breakfast at 7, which can be challenging with a faulty alarm clock and a three hour time difference. Meals are prepared by either Miss Darling or Sue; two Bahamian women from the nearby island Exuma. Following breakfast, boats are loaded with tanks, scuba gear, water, food, first [...]