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Doin' It D.C. Style!

Colt's recent update on his life has inspired me to also update everyone on my shenanigans. I am not living in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska, but I am living in the concrete jungle of Washington D.C.


So, since I last checked in, I finished my dissertation research at the University of Rhode Island and am in the process of publishing my results. If all goes as planned, I will be Dr. Nicole Rohr in May with a Ph.D. in Biology! Here is my first chapter in case you are…


Added by Nicole Rohr on August 11, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

It's Been Awhile..... Now in Alaska

Wow so its been awhile since I have updated this blog... I don't know a lot of the people on here anymore... let me quick introduce myself to some of the people who might not know me... I'm Colt Snapp, a 2006 graduate of Benton High School and was part of the 2005 and 2006 Marine Biology Classes. I recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelors degree in Marine Biology. I have been through many internships and jobs through my college career which you can read about on my…


Added by Colt Snapp on August 6, 2011 at 10:03am — 3 Comments

The Very Fishy Story By: DeeDee Hebb



My world.


Brown. Brown dirty ground, the wet soil, the gross land of mud that is my world.…


Added by DeeDee Hebb on May 10, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Experiencing Marine Biology!

 Day 1, 4/1/2011


                Our Marine biology group left for the KCI airport sometime around 9:45 after meeting in a parking lot behind the East hills library. From there we flew to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  When we arrived in Florida, there was no longer cold,…


Added by Karen Richter on May 14, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Today is the day!


Today is the day! I wake up early and more than ready to head to Florida. We’re meeting in the parking lot behind the East Hills Library and I’m so excited I can’t even contain myself. I eat breakfast and go through my things again to make sure I have everything. With my checklist complete my mother and I head to the lot to meet up with everyone else. Upon our arrival I overhear Miles talking about his hat and I then realize I didn’t pack one; so my mom and I rush home to get one.… Continue

Added by chelsea nichols on May 16, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Cats and Peanut Butter :) Journal 2010

Friday April 2, 2010 (Day 1):…


Added by Casi Paolillo on May 3, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Trip of a Lifetime

Day #1 4/2/10

Woke up at 3:45am to meet the crew behind Dillard’s parking lot. Mom and I drove to the Kansas City Airport. We arrived and checked in luggage. Our flight left at 7:05am. There was a 3 hour flight to…


Added by andrew nordbye on May 9, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The water doubles the light, and you just see a sea of green!

April 2, 2010

It's dark outside, well before the sunrise. My alarm clock is ringing, but I've beaten it up. I'm excited for the day and hug my family…

Added by Corvette Way on May 10, 2010 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Sandy & Salty, But Oh So Sweet.


Added by Carsen Berry on May 10, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How would you measure ecosystem health?

First off, let me re-introduce myself to people who may be close to a decade younger than me whom I've never met. My name is Nicole Rohr, I am a 2001 graduate of Lafayette High School, and I was in the 2001 class of mar bio (followed by four more trips down with Sean et al. and I worked for 6 months on South Andros at Tiamo Resorts).…

Added by Nicole Rohr on March 10, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The End of The Line

The problem

According to NOAA, over half of the population of the United States lives within 50 miles of the coastline. This trend holds up over the vast majority of the world, and… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on October 2, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Bite Your Tongue, It'll Bite Back (If you're a fish)

I stumbled upon this today while browsing the good ol' intertubes.

Apparently, there's a parasitic isopod out there that's burrowing into fish, eating their tongues, and replacing the tongues with themselves. After doing a little more research, I found that the parasites don't actually eat the tongue. The creature latches on to the fish-tongue's base and leeches blood from it. As the creature grows, less blood makes is able to enter the tongue, and the tongue atrophies. The isopod… Continue

Added by Mike Westfall on September 12, 2009 at 2:32pm — 3 Comments

Senior Year...Another Year....

As I begin my senior year at Texas A&M, I have suddenly came to the realization I soon will be an adult. I have to enter the real world soon, but do I? I'm starting to look into graduate school dealing with Marine Sciences or Marine Mammal research. I have many options in my mind and not too sure what to do.

I create this blog post to congratulate the new marine biology class and hope for many memories to come the next year for each and every one of you. Through the class I came… Continue

Added by Colt Snapp on August 20, 2009 at 8:50pm — No Comments

"...reef: awe." :)

I found the first four chapters of “The Enchanted Braid” to be very interesting and informative. I enjoyed reading about the history and nature of the coral reef. Darwin’s adventures sucked me in and made me wonder. When Darwin described how he found sea creatures on the mountainside in the Andes I was intrigued. ‘“[A]t the height of a few hundred feet old-looking shells are numerous,” he wrote, “and I found some at 1300 feet.”’ (26) I was somewhat confused after reading this so I pulled out my… Continue

Added by Casi Paolillo on August 16, 2009 at 12:00am — 9 Comments

"Information Overload"

Okay, well this is my first time here it goes.

I actually learned quite a bit from these first four chapters. I took zoology this past year and learned a lot. But this book went way deeper into coral. I honestly had a hard time focusing on some parts of the book. My attention span isn’t really that short but, wow, I would get into a part and it seemed like it jumped when the book realized I realized what was going on.

I originally skipped over the preface. I… Continue

Added by Lauren King on August 14, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Congratulations To The 2010 Marine Biology Crew:

*a school of yellowtail snappers below the sailboat, May 2009

Our 2009-2010 Marine Biology crew has been selected and is ready to go. This will be our second group to work within our online network here at SaintJoe H2O. After a… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on May 31, 2009 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments


Linked below is a copy of the Marine Biology information packet and application for the upcoming 2009-2010 class.

Pay particular attention to the dates for enrollment on page 5. The first important date coming up is

the "informational meeting" this THURSDAY NIGHT, May 14th, in room #307 at 7:00pm. Applications are due completed and returned by 3:30pm next Wednesday afternoon, the 20th.…


Added by Sean Nash on May 11, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Get involved in this... name a new jelly!

(yes, this is serious)

Toss in your two cents to the official naming contest for the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish. Come on, you know you love Latin.

I received a message about this a day or so ago on a marine science listserv. Go here to check out the details of the contest. And of course... you'll want to know something about… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on May 18, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

I'm Alive...and with power now!

I survived Ike.....I can officially say it now

I finally received power and cable in the house that I have been staying in. It has been seven days since I could sit and relax in air conditioning! Unfortunately Galveston, TX is still closed and now my school is officially moving all 2000 students to main campus on Texas A&M located in College Station. I will be attending there on Sep. 24th until who knows when....I have to start all my classes over and we are on a accelerated… Continue

Added by Colt Snapp on September 20, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment


I see all these blog posts on turtles and on the book...even though I don't have the book I will express my feelings on turtles..

When I started my Major I always thought turtles were boring until I had the chance to work with them and I discovered there mysterious ways. They can be very fierce creatures, and very strong. They may look slow, but in fact are very fast animals. I have been cut, hit and had to run after turtles to keep track of them.

Here is how many of us it… Continue

Added by Colt Snapp on September 20, 2008 at 9:39pm — 3 Comments







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Island Time

Living on Island TimeThe first couple of days were spent waiting on this and on that and it truly felt like a year had gone by.  The first day was spent waking up early and driving to KCI airport where after about an hour or so of waiting we finally got on the plane that took us to Florida.  I sat in the very back of the plane with Zach and McCabe and I learned a valuable lesson from Zach when you get your free drinks on the airplane "always ask for the can".  The next morning we split into…See More
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A New Experience

I woke up early and went to meet everyone at the library. Once we got our passports and tickets we all headed to the airport. We took a flight to Ft. Lauderdale.  Once there we all we out to eat and I had a Mahi-Mahi sandwich and tried some oyster, steamed clam, and calamari.  I think out of those 3 I will only have the calamari again.  Then we got our rooms and got the information for the plane trip to Andros.  We had the rest of the night to ourselves and I went swimming and hung out in some…See More
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Loving the Bahamas!

I have known that I wanted to this program for a long time now. My brother did it back in 2003. I saw how much fun he was having learning the fish and then going out on the sail boats and seeing them in person. I saw what he brought back from the trip and it all sounded like so much fun i just had to try and go. So here I am! I took the class and went on the trip.Day 1 I couldn't sleep, I had to be up at 4:30 in the morning so we could meet at the library and and be at the air port around 6:20…See More
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Time of my life!

Plane ride to Andros     My group got here 2nd and right once we got to Forefar we ate lunch and then got in the water.  I was ready to get right in and I saw so many fish.  Shelby Mills and I went snorkeling together.  The first fish we saw was a Beaugregory Juvenile.   Then we saw a sea slug.  It had orange and blue stripes going down its back.  Then we also saw an adult Beaugregory.  The next fish was a cocoa Damselfish.  This fish has a blue color on top ends and a dark spot on the upper…See More
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Aye, Mon! (a.k.a. My Bahamian Experience/Greatest Week of 2013)

Where do I even begin? Or better rephrased, how do I start telling the tale of the most intriguing adventure I've ever gone on in my short 17 years of life? The most obvious answer would be to start with Day 1, which is only logical, but once you've started reading my account, I think you'll understand why I didn't know where to begin. Day 1- Friday, March 21st, Saint Joseph to Ft. Lauderdale Boy, I definitely wished I was a morning person that day. We met at a parking lot at East Hill's mall…See More
May 6, 2013
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The Bahamian Experience

Everything about the Bahamas was pretty much perfect. The weather, the people, the lifestyle, the water, the air, the night sky, and the people. Did I say people twice? Heck yes I did because the people truly were some of the coolest people ever.They were some of the most down to earth and friendly people I have ever met. There was even a statue of a pair of hands shaking to really reinforce the fact that they were very friendly people.The first day that we spent on the island I played some…See More
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Under the Sun-2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013Yesterday we arrived at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to begin our adventure miles from home. Around 12:30 PM, 7 of us loaded a small plane with a pilot named Eddie (I got to be co-pilot!) and we set flight over the ocean. The ocean is simply breathtaking and magnificent. Looking the 5,000 feet down to the shades of blue wasn't full of much to look at but I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I was looking for something to strike my eye, to jump out of the water...SOMETHING!…See More
Apr 15, 2013
Rylee Hanlan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Although this chapter wasn't my favorite that I've read so far, I did learn some new and interesting things.. Like what Christmas tree worms are! And just how important sea grass is to the ocean. The reflection strategy that I used for…"
Mar 18, 2013
Jaycen LeeAnn Wilson replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"I made my key note about how everything is part of one. It's kind of like the lion king to me. Everything has to do with something. Or it's some disney movie like that. I loved this chapter, I think it was my favorite so far. I love how he…"
Mar 18, 2013
MacKinzie Lillian Conard replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"This book never fails to amaze me! I have always thought of a coral reef as being its own "island" because it is so diverse and strong by itself. However, Davidson very quickly points out that coral reefs are a small strand in a large…"
Mar 18, 2013
Rylee Hanlan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"I thought the same thing when I was reading, and came across the term " Christmas tree worms" I google imaged it and thought they were pretty neat as well!"
Mar 18, 2013
Shelby Mills replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Yet again, the seas continue to amaze me in their ability to support each other even when they get no appreciation. One thing in particular that I thought was simply spectacular about this chapter were the Thalassia and their development of mature…"
Mar 18, 2013
Lindsay Doolan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Everything you write about in these discussion's are so creative and I really enjoy reading them. They are usually the first thing I read because it opens my mind about what I want to base mine off of. Great job! Also your Sci-poe last time was…"
Mar 17, 2013
Lindsay Doolan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Okay, mine might seem boring because it is only talking about one thing. The Thalassia Testudinum a sea grass, but i found this story or part of this chapter really interesting. I thought it was beautiful how the 'parent' "bathes the…"
Mar 17, 2013
McCabe Davis replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Rise of Corals & The Heart of Lightness
"I think Shelby did a great job on his sypo. It explains how important the tropics are and how much the sun affects the life of diversity there."
Mar 17, 2013
McCabe Davis replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Mangroves, sea grass, and coral reefs. I never would have thought that these things would be interconnected so deeply. A braid within a braid. This chapter talks about how these three components are all connected and what roles they play. The only…"
Mar 17, 2013
Madison Steilen replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
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Coral Patchwork

"I truly enjoy the intricacy of this shot.   I love how when one looks closely many colors can be found within this single image.  One of my all time favorite quotes is "Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint you…"
Mar 17, 2013


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