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Entry #4 EOS Fisheries and Marine Science Summer Intern Diary:

Audy Peoples, M.S. student from the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center

"My time at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC has been very interesting so far. I feel as if I’ve already learned a whole summer’s worth of information in the two short weeks that I have been here. I’ve learned many different things that I will take with me later in life and it is only just the beginning! Because I have previous marine mammal stranding experience I volunteered to help with the stranding network in South Carolina. Since I began volunteering a tradition appears to be forming, there always seems to be an animal to necropsy when I arrive on Friday mornings. The first week was a ten foot almost 600 lb. bottlenose and the second was a juvenile harbor porpoise, I wonder what this week’s end has in store for me? It is nice to have the opportunity to conduct research somewhere that I can learn new things while sharpening the skills that I already possess. Recently I have begun learning how to use many new pieces of equipment such as a Mercury Analyzer and an ICP-MS. I plan to make the most of this excellent opportunity that I have been awarded and absorb all the information I can from Dr. Ed Wirth and Wayne McFee. My goals are to learn as much as possible and to leave with experiences and skills that I can use in my graduate studies and later on in my professional life."

Entry #3 EOS Fisheries and Marine Science Summer Intern Diary:

Lauren Ramos, Five College Coastal and Marine Science Intern at the Cooperative Oxford Lab

"I started my internship at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory on May 26th. I attend the University of Massachusetts located in Amherst, MA where I am pursuing a biology degree and working on a marine science certificate that is offered through the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program. Last week and into this week I have been doing a lot of reading, all on the project I am helping a graduate student, Derek, finish. This week I was introduced to activities such as fish necropsies, white perch sampling using a fish and pole method, and I learned the beginning steps of my project. The project I am working on is RNA/DNA Analysis of yellow perch larvae in the Chesapeake Bay area, specifically in the Mattawoman and Patuxent rivers, to determine the health of the rivers’ ecosystem. I learned how to prepare the larvae and extract nucleic acid and observed the DNA analysis process. I will be taking the data that Derek and I collect and bringing it back to UMass for the 2015-2016 school year to produce a poster project to earn my certificate before I graduate in the spring. I am very excited to be getting all of these hands on experiences and can’t wait to see what the rest of my time here will bring me!"