Propagation of Error and Confidence Intervals for Birds?

Science-based work isn't always fun. Often it can be tedious and time-consuming, so why do it? Well, because nothing is ever 100 percent, ever! So if your data looks perfect but your confidence interval is large, then you just got lucky collecting that set of...

New Confidence

Last summer I would have told you that I was going to finish my degree and then apply for graduate school to get my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. I still have that option, but that is not what I want now. This summer has changed...

Break’s Over!

It's hard to believe that working for the summer would be a break but it was, but phasing back to school has been been rough. I am in my final year of school and, although I am not taking that many credit hours, the classes...

New Perspective

When I started this internship I was excited about the opportunities, but I still wasn't that excited about birds. I have always admired raptors for their beauty and the simple fact that they can FLY everywhere! I had never even heard of shorebirds before this...

Where Do You Find Chemistry?

You find it everywhere, and it is literally everything. Life is chemistry and chemistry is life! Throughout the summer I would work with different people and they would very often ask me, "What do you do with chemistry?" I would smile and tell them, "Everything!"...

Fitting End To A Great Summer!

This week I had an awesome opportunity to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doing their annual duck banding project. It was a blast, for the people doing the banding anyway, but the ducks probably didn't share my enthusiasm. It felt great to...

Macroinvertebrates, Lots and Lots of Macroinvertebrates!

There has been a theme in my life for the past two weeks.  We wake up early, drink coffee, meet the crew, and then jump into rubber waders even though it gets up to 90 degrees outside. We collect macroinvertebrates and water samples from ponds...

Swimming in a Salt Pond?

No, my first choice was to cool off. But, then again, why not?  The heat can sometimes play tricks on the mind!  Is that dinner I see walking?  Yes! That definitely looks like dinner!  Don't worry guys, I'll get him!  I'm sorry guys, I didn't get him...