We had a delicious meal with friends from the station of baked fresh-caught ahi tuna, cornbread, pumpkin soup, and baked camote (a purple sweet potato). Now with full bellies, Jon is off to Rapa Nui to continue his research on urchin grazing and benthic diversity with Evie Wieters from the Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile and ECIM.
With that we sign off from Galapagos for now, below are a few more pictures of the setup of Robbie's wave stress experiment.
For the past two weeks we have been setting up Robbie's thesis experiment testing the effects of wave turbulence on the relative dominance of different subtidal herbivore species.
It's been a pleasure to work with Blake Hamilton, a recent graduate from UC Davis and former field assistant to Witman Lab alum Olivia Rhoades. In addition to testing his mettle in high-wave scientific diving, Blake has enjoyed getting to know the iconic Galapagos marine life
In between days of diving we have been exploring the islands and their unique flora and fauna
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