One of the first things I did when I started at RTC two years ago was learn how to conduct a Sea Wall.
It’s a basic battery of tests (temperature, salinity, ammonia, nitrate, phosphate, chlorophyll, etc…) on the water just outside of RTC. What makes it special is that the Wilkerson-Dugdale Lab has been running it for almost ten years now. With some gaps, they have data–collected every three times a week–going all the way back to 2003. It’s ana amzing peak into the natural cycles of the San Francisco Bay.
Now, after two years of running Sea Walls, I finally get to analyze all of the data. I’m piecing it together (a pretty monumental task) and get to look at it as a piece. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to slap it (with some analysis) on a poster and present it to a conference. This is would be an advanced undergraduate marine biology project, but I get to do it before my first semester of college. I’m really excited to be working on this.