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I participated in a 3-week Tropical Ecology course in Puerto Rico, during which we got hands-on, experiential education on Puerto Rico's various tropical ecosystems, as well as field-based research experience. Over the 3 week period, I was responsible for designing, implementing, and writing up my own research project, as well as co-authoring 2 classmates' projects. My research focused on the tail autotomy of the lizard species Anolis Cristatellus, where I looked to answer the following 3 questions: (1) Does the fraction of tail that is lost via autotomy change as a function of overall body size (which we treat as a proxy for age)? (2) Does the rate of autotomy vary with body size? And, finally, (3) does autotomy affect body condition?
I completed a 16-credit semester at the University of Massachusetts Boston's Research Field Station on Nantucket, Massachusetts, during which I carried out an independent research project. My research aimed to find evidence of more frequent intense storms by extracting core samples from one of the salt marshes present on the island, each of which were processed to analyze the distribution of sand within each core. As sand is not a natural component of salt marsh ecosystems, presence of sand in the core samples would give us evidence of storm activity, and the location of the sand in the core would provide us with insight as to when, and how often storms are occurring.
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