Student Update March 16, 2013

Yesterday at The Island School, we students were able to start our academic classes. We all went into our Research groups first this morning and they seemed fun, but are going to be intense! I am in the lionfish vs lobster research group with Jocelyn, Rachel, and Liz as our CEI Research Advisors. We were able to discuss what we already knew about lionfish and how they are harmful to their invaded environments since they are invasive. We also watched a video about the relationship between lobster and lionfish and if they might feed on each other. It seems like it is going to be a lot of work, but it is going to be so rewarding in the end. My Marine Ecology and Human Ecology class that I had in the afternoon seems like it is going to be a lot of fun. Peter and Becky teach Marine Ecology and since I plan on being a marine biologist when I get older, this class is going to be really beneficial to me. Our small group of twelve students also had to opportunity to capture an upside-down jellyfish called Cassiopia. Becky spoke to us about how they produce their own food as well as capturing it, which is fascinating. What a great start to our academic week.