Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer has begun at BREAM!


With the water warming up and the sun shining, the BREAM team is gearing up for another busy summer of habitat surveys. Having completed surveys of the 90 foot rim reef terrace, a region that has been rarely studied, using our drop camera, we are now beginning SCUBA surveys of 30 foot and 60 foot rim sites to obtain baseline information of these habitats. Completing these surveys will complement the surveys BREAM has already done in the Lagoon in order to determine the distribution and health of fish and coral populations, find biodiversity hotspots, and help provide information that will be necessary for spatial management of our reefs. To help us accomplish this goal, we have two new interns working with us this summer.

Taylor Gorham is a Bermudian intern entering her third year at McGill University in Canada, studying Marine Biology. Mollie Sinnott is joining us from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she is studying Biology. Both are excited to learn about coral reefs and marine conservation, and are welcome additions to the BREAM team!

If anyone is ever interested in volunteering or interning with us, please contact us!