The 11 OBXFS students are now officially settled in and the semester is well on its way! We spent the first two weeks of our time here exploring new places and learning about the important Capstone work we’ll be doing for the rest of the semester.
In order to help us get comfortable with data collection, Lindsay Dubbs – our incredible ecology professor/chaperone/mom – sent us on an ecological scavenger hunt to learn more about the different landscapes around us.
We were lucky enough to have our first data collection site at Jockey’s Ridge! We spent the afternoon roaming up and down the dunes and making observations about nutrients, vegetation, and natural forces. The dunes were as exhausting as they were beautiful. After few hours of running around, the OBXFS squad was ready to finish collecting samples and relax.
Overall, our trip to Jockey’s Ridge showed us just how much fun data collection can be. Like all field work, it may be challenging and tiring at times, but the experience is more than worth it. We’re excited to see what the rest of the semester holds!