I know some of you already...for the others I have no clue.
I'm going to give you a little insight on who I am...My Journey into the field of Marine Biology began when I took the Marine Biology class while attending Benton High School. I took the class my Junior and Senior year, the reason while I took both years was due to a very unfortunate accident. To my knowledge I'm the only person to be injured while on the trip to Andros Island. My knee vigorously went through a snorkel mask, and I had to get massive stitches in a very shady hospital that didn't look very clean. Besides this accident the class really opened my eyes to something I really love to do. I knew after the second trip Marine Biology was really something I wanted to do.
After Graduating in 2006, I attend Texas A&M University located in Galveston, TX where I'm currently pursuing a degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Anthropology. At First I was scared to leave the state to attend college, but now that I look back I'm so happy I decided to be here for college. While here I have had many different opportunities dealing with many parts of Marine Biology such as research, education and conservation.
The Opportunities/Research I have done while in college......
STFERL (Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab) Volunteer
My freshman year I participated in field research dealing with the migrations of Green, Kemps Ridley and Loggerhead sea turtles off the Texas Coast and in Texas Estuaries. We captured and satellite tagged these turtles and currently are researching there migration patterns using GPS technology along the Texas Coast. The current GPS track can be found at seaturle.org
Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network Volunteer
I'm currently a Member of this organization which my primary responsibility is to help with Necropsy's of dolphins who died while stranding themselves. I also am trained to rehabilitated any injured or sick dolphins.
NOAA Sea Turtle Research
I have worked with many different Research labs for NOAA, but my biggest project to date has been working to examine if Shark Buoys used in long line fishing would in fact detour sea turtles from feeding off the lines so that they would not get hooked or tangled in the lines. Again working with Green and Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles
Sea World San Antonio
Over the past summer I worked at Sea World San Antonio for the Resident Camp Program. I was in charge of educating kids on all the different areas of Sea World including guiding them through the penguin exhibit, and Birdhouse exhibit. I also taught the high school kids about training Sea Lions, Dolphins and Beluga Whales. I had opportunities to be around these animals everyday and learned how to feed and take care of them, basically all husbandry parts of the job.
National Resource Center for Cephlapods
I'm currently in charge of aquaculture dealing with cephlapods, cuttlefish, and squid. We help to raise these inverts for future research dealing with cancer drugs and medicines and also sell them to many different aquariums around the world
As you can tell I have been pretty busy, but I love what I do so I continue to do it day end and day out!