Category: Fieldwork

Deep Frying in a Tank Top

by on January 25, 2019 1:33 pm
This is the final of a three-post series written by undergraduate students who completed summer research in Palau with the Palumbi lab. This past summer, a research team consisting of members of Steve Palumbi’s lab at Hopkins Marine Station and Stanford undergraduates set out to study resilience of Palau’s corals to rising ocean temperatures. When… Read more Deep Frying in a Tank Top

Flame of the Sea

by on January 23, 2019 9:23 pm
This is the second of a three-post series written by undergraduate students who completed summer research in Palau with the Palumbi lab. The indigo of the open ocean reflects the bright baby blue sky, forming an azure world only broken by the green palm trees of distant islands. I inhale air, saturated with salt, as… Read more Flame of the Sea

A Day in the Life of My Summer in Palau

by on January 21, 2019 10:00 am
This is the first of a three-post series written by undergraduate students who completed summer research in Palau with the Palumbi lab. It’s 6 AM in Palau, a country east of the Philippines, and we’re 16 hours ahead of the rest of the Palumbi lab in California. I have been living here for a few… Read more A Day in the Life of My Summer in Palau

Paradise Irradiated

by on November 1, 2018 9:25 pm
Diving in a nuclear bomb crater is surreal. A truly catastrophic event took place here, and yet here you are, swimming among corals, reef fish, and sharks. Everyone is just going about their business- swimming, eating, searching for a mate- as if there’s nothing unusual about their surroundings. It’s hard not to wonder how recovery… Read more Paradise Irradiated

Undergraduates survey the intertidal zone

by on June 8, 2018 8:17 pm
In the spring at Hopkins Marine Station, the best low tides often occur in the early morning. For undergraduate students wanting to learn more about the plants and animals along the Monterey coast, this means waking up early, putting on warm field clothes, and walking out among the mussels, anemones, and algae. Everything is golden… Read more Undergraduates survey the intertidal zone

Hidden tidepools of the kelp forest

by on May 22, 2018 10:58 pm
Along the rocky coastline of California, tidepools are a common sight. On a sunny weekend in Monterey, you can often see children, families, and curious tourists scrambling over seaweed to catch a glimpse of the diverse critters hiding in and around the many tidepools nestled among the rocks. Tidepools are special because they exist at… Read more Hidden tidepools of the kelp forest

Humpback and Forth In Search of Blues

by on April 26, 2018 3:59 am
“If You Forget the Coffee, I’ll Cry” We were heading down from Hopkins Marine Station to Santa Barbara for a two-week ocean voyage to put suction cup tags on blue whales. This trip had been in the planning stage for months and required extensive collaboration between multiple professors and their students from universities around the… Read more Humpback and Forth In Search of Blues