Ants, parasitoid wasps, and bears, oh my!

By Alexandria Wenninger of the BNZ LTER Being a field ecologist is a really fun job, where a day at the office could mean anything from tromping through a peat bog in muck boots, scuba diving off the coast, climbing trees, or hiking Antarctica. While the biggest obstacles we face at our indoor offices are usually running out of... Continue Reading →

Deep Sea Diving on Shallow Reefs

I’m a coral reef ecologist. This means I go SCUBA diving every day to conduct my research in lovely tropical places where corals grow. It is pretty amazing work. During the months that I have to study the coral reefs in Moorea, French Polynesia (an island a few miles from Tahiti) I set up experiments... Continue Reading →

LTER Student Science at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting

While this blog will mainly feature our research stories, we thought it would be relevant to share another important experience as a scientist: attending scientific conferences. Scientists often attend conferences where they present and discuss their research with other scientists. These conferences are amazing opportunities to meet with colleagues in person because they draw people... Continue Reading →

Poopy Penguins

After spending 30 days on a ship conducting research on the Antarctic ocean, I was going to get to visit my first penguin colony and I was so excited! I pictured in my mind cute little penguins, like the ones in the movie Happy Feet, jumping around rocks and playing in the water. When I... Continue Reading →

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