Transect studies 2015


Although I have many excursions and activities to report on (I have been quite negligent at blogging in favour of going out in the field and organizing photos lately), I will begin with the transect studies done by first year Marine Science students.


On Friday 17 April, F block students travelled to Race Rocks at 7:30 AM to do their transect study.


They got their noses right into the quadrats to identify and count organisms.


Then they used water levels to move up in the intertidal zone, 50 cm at a time.



They recorded all their data and will analyze it in an upcoming class.17155747946_273bd8385b_z

Weir’s Beach was the site of the other two transect studies for different reasons.  On Monday 20 April, we only had a 70 minute block for Marine Science due to the exciting announcement of the new president and head of Pearson College. It was a beautiful sunny day – perfect for a transect study!





Although filling the water tubes was a little bit challenging (see above).17201316786_cdeaf040e5_z

Tuesday 21 April was a very windy day and we were unable to get to Race Rocks (out of Pedder Bay even!) so instead C block went to Weir’s Beach to collect their data too.


Laying out the transect lines was a significant challenge.


But the students persevered to collect data on the distribution of intertidal organisms.


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See Flickr album of Transect studies 2015 for more photos of the three transect studies and a post on the Race Rocks blog for more on the F block transect study.

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  1. Eek, a sea mouse! | Pearson College Marine Science Says:

    […] this sea mouse / shaggy mouse nudibranch (Aeolidia papillosa) while recording data during the transect study at Weir’s Beach on 21 April 2015. One of the coolest things about this nudibranch species is […]

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