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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Samantha, CUR- What I stand for is what I stand on.

Collecting water quality data at Canal Street Canal 
         We are tied to the ocean and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch we are going back from where we came.  As a child I was brought up to base my beliefs according to my parents which has been the same for generations.  I could not submit however, I believed in so much more.  My fondness for the ocean started with my yearly trips to SeaWorld.  I was drawn by the animals I was seeing right before my eyes.  It wasn't close enough for me though, I wanted to be right next to them, touching, playing, talking. This was the beginning of my determination to become a Marine Biologist in which I could train dolphins ! It sounded great when I was 5, I even got a chance to swim with them.  This was my dream for the next 12 years and then this dream came to a halt.  With age comes knowledge and I began to research any information I could about marine life specifically dolphins when I came across a book, A dolphins Smile, by a former Marine Biologist and present activist, Rick O'Barry . "A dolphins smile is the greatest deception." These words hit me like a knife.  After more research I did not care so much for interacting with the animals, I cared more about their protection.  This is when I knew I wanted to save world.
Taking water quality samples at
Spruce Creek Canal 
 Well, I'm being facetious but I did want to do something.  I began to volunteer in my area focusing on educating others on the importance of the marine environment and ways to conserve and protect it.  This idea is my dream exactly, to protect and conserve marine life along with the environment, but how?  Associated with my volunteer work I was able to participate in Sea Grass surveys, which led me to my answer my question, I wanted to study the water.  I find it captivating how in one drop of water can reveal secrets of the ocean. My infatuation of study is anthropogenic pollution.  My Independent Research Project (IRP) is being continued and consists of monitoring water quality at discharge point in a man made canal associated with a storm drain system. This Site location is an imperative area for many reasons and the water quality accompanying must be monitored which I will discuss in posts to come!



Friday, February 5, 2016

Freddie;UR-The Ripple Effect


Hey everybody I’m back I’m pretty sure you’re wondering what has brought me to this point in the pursuit of my desired career. I didn’t choose to be anything I was chosen to be an adventurer seeking for new answers and new ways to solve problems, what kind of career would give me that fulfilling excitement I’m looking for ? which was marine biology.
people can be destructive lets be productive.
 
the truest quote ever wrote.
 
me at animal kingdom getting my zen on.
 
we where born to stand out not fit in.
I want to actually voyage places of the ocean that is unexplored find new discoveries myself. The thing that motivates me towards becoming a marine biologist is seeing that it is an open field for independent researchers who want to stand out. What inspires me the most is when people take the initiative to take on the responsibility of caring for the world’s vast oceans and its inhabitants. I care about the wellbeing and balance of all living organisms and the habitat they thrive in and believe that the ocean plays a huge role in our everyday lives on a very large scale. I think my IRP might be about how the oceans are connected to all aspects of life. This earth is a beautiful planet and I believe that with the right knowledge one person can make a change. The ripple effect

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Deanna, UR- Why Environmental Science?

Growing up loving the outdoors and wildlife, making the decision to want to be a game warden with Florida Wildlife Commission was simple for me. It all started when I was really young and my step dad had brought home a baby alligator, it was maybe about foot and a half long (maybe not even) and he had almost an entire roll of duct tape wrapped around it's mouth and legs so it couldn't run away or bite. He found it in the yard and was going to relocate it. Until a game warden who was a family friend showed up and took the alligator away. At the time I had no idea that what he did was illegal but I was amazed. And as time passed, my fascination with wildlife continued to grow. The older I got the more time I spent learning whatever I could about different wildlife species and the laws put in place by FWC to protect them. The wildlife, that we have all come to know and love, simply can not always protect itself. The environment doesn't have a voice, and it needs people to be their advocate and help. And in my mind, the best way for me to do my part is by becoming a game warden.


 
Me, my step dad and the baby gator covered in duct tape

When it comes to my IRP, I want to combine the Environmental Science aspects with the FWC laws. In order to do this I want to do a study on a popular species of fish. By popular I mean one that a lot of people fish for. My IRP would basically be to see how many fish, in an area, of are legal size to take from the waters.

Rachel UR - To Infinity and Below!

The Leviathan chasing escape pods in
the Disney movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Have you ever wondered what could be lurking below the waves? How about what could be on the ocean floor? For me, these questions have lead me to where I am today. It all started back when I was around 4 or 5 years old. My mother brought home a couple of VHS's (pretty old tech right?) from the local wall mart and among those was a Disney movie called Atlantis: The Lost Empire. At first I had no clue what the movie was going to be about. As soon as the movie started up I was transported into a mystical world of underwater civilization and fantastic creature. My mind began to wonder if all of this could really be out there. Was it all true? Could it be possible for it to remain undiscovered?


Greenland shark smiles for the camera!
     After watching this movie for hours on end I became fascinated with the idea of being the explorer to find this lost city, if it did exist. In the movie they state that the shepherds journal, the book containing the map to Atlantis, was found off the coast of Iceland so naturally that was the first place that I started looking for evidence. In my research I came across an animal that grabbed my attention, the Greenland Shark. At first I couldn't understand how such a slow moving creature was able to be a predator. The more I researched the more I learned and eventually I found out that Greenland Sharks are bottom feeders.

     Unfortunately, it's extremely hard to study Greenland Sharks down here in Florida so I have to go for the next best thing, rays. Rays are very similar to sharks in that they are both cartilaginous fish. They both also have ampullae of lorenzini which are small receptors located around the shark's head that can detect minute electrical signals generated by the contracting of muscles. My plan for my IRP is to test to see if the ampullae of lorenzini react the same way to magnets as it does in sharks. With this information I can find a safe alternative to keep rays and sharks out of swinzones without using a net. The nets cause a problem because the sharks, rays, and other marine life can get tangled in them a die. I would like to provide an alternative to nets that keeps both humans and marine life safe.
Shark stuck in fisherman's net

Chris Browne, UR - A Time of Science

The Ocean Imprinted
     The field that I've chosen and the path that I take in life has been long and winding road. I suppose I could start with a scientific father who sailed for leisure, career, and sport. Or possibly my mother who inspired drive, art, and a teaching path. I hope to ad-hear to the best qualities in both of my parents, as well as fantastic teachers that I can learn from. I worked in group homes for a while and was close to teaching ESE, yet the drive for science lead me on this path, so I continue to keep a scientific open mind, be open to learn, and pass along this ever changing field of understanding.
     I am inspired by discovery, technology, and the future of life on this third rock from the sun. The current and future state of space travel depends upon education, innovation, and people working together for positive goals. I see people of all types, ages, and academic abilities contributing to the scientific field. Motivation can come from many angles, but i must say that the potential in space exploration, and the continuing understanding of nature and how we as a species can improve our conscious contact with it motivates me.
Scientific Art, Artistic Science
     I care about health. From the health of the individual, to the family, community, planet and so forth. I care to see art and science used together when possible to entice the senses of wonder. I am concerned about many areas of improvement that we as individuals, and as a society can make, therefor what better place for innovation and wonder then the science classroom. I care about our impact and footprint on this earth, and the influence that we have in this interdependent web of all existence (UU).
     I am amazed at the macro as I am about the micro, and so in discussion, my IRP was and in discussion will be towards the world beneath and in side of us. From the bacteria that keeps us alive to the bacteria that can kill us, I will be researching E coli, and its impact on the environment, and more specifically our close local environment.

~CMB
E. coli

Lilli UR -- Why This?


Good evening fellow bloggers and classmates, its time for another installment in what I affectionately refer to as "what the heck am I doing?" While I am not an EST major, I have been fascinated by the ocean and its many lifeforms for a big part of my life. Though most of the fascination for me surrounds the hydro-thermal vents, specifically the astounding array of life that has adapted to thrive under such extreme conditions, I identify heavily with these beings as my life has been full of adversity and obstacles that I have sometimes had to revert to out right cunning to overcome. I have never the less overcome every thing life has thrown at me and here I am, adapted and thriving!
My niece and mini-me, Madilynn Nichole

 I am currently an Earth/Space Science Ed major and as such I found myself questioning not only the reason that career chose me, but my sanity as well. I actually sort of backed into teaching, I was originally a nursing major who wanted to be an anesthesiology nurse but I found how much I enjoyed teaching when I was tutoring some fellow students in a Chemistry class and after a few exploratory education classes I found out something new about myself; I can spend everyday for the rest of my life in a classroom and go home happy every evening. That is a big plus for me since I have been at my current job (dispatching for a taxi company) about 8  years now and I often come home in a terrible mood hating my job, the people I work with and myself for not escaping sooner. But teaching, for me is  more than just an "escape" it has become something I am terribly passionate about. To see that "aha" moment in someones eyes when they finally connect an idea or thought to something they already are familiar with has become a source of happiness and great pride for me. To see my students eyes light up when I mention an experiment or homework assignment that I have carefully researched and planned specifically to make them think but be happy about is quite rewarding. But the most rewarding thing of all about teaching (at least for me) is to have a student say to me because you believed in me I didn't give up, I believed in myself.  I am of the mind that everyone is capable of learning if a teacher can connect the student to the correct method, but not everyone is capable of teaching. I have heard before "Those who can do, those who can't teach" and that thoroughly infuriates me, Teachers can and most DO! We have just come to the conclusion along the path of our lives that someone else might benefit from what we have to say or give. I mean after all......if it weren't for teachers there would be no other professions just a bunch of people "winging it" as my husband says.


Not only have I often thought of why I chose my career field, but more recently I have been losing sleep over what my IRP might be, but Dr. Woodall to the rescue. She knew my desire of being able to easily translate my IRP into my classroom and make it personal for my students and boy did she deliver! She suggested to me that I may be interested in micro-plastics in the ocean as a possible IRP and the idea resonated with me as that is something every person should care about, they end up in our food and water supply and, as I have begun to wonder since doing a little research about the topic, could they possibly be the source of elevated levels of sicknesses such as cancers and aggressive auto immune disorders? Hmmm. One has to wonder as they are nasty little beasts and I am learning just how much of our everyday products contain these unnatural buggers like toothpaste (which Dr. Woodall informed of...thanks Dr. Woodall :)) as well as personal care items like facial washes and shampoos and even some of our clothing items contain these micro-plastics. The more I look into this topic the more disturbing it becomes.
My greatest source of happiness, my puppy love Codi in his pool last summer.



Emily UR - I pledge allegiance to the Earth....

...And all the life which it supports. One planet, in our care. Irreplaceable. With sustenance and respect for all.
Pale Blue Dot
From as far back as I can remember, I've had a spiritual connection with the Earth and had always deemed myself responsible for protecting it. It's becoming quite common to hear myself be called a "flower child" or "hippy" from people who are getting to know me. I would say my love for the environment originated from my lifelong love for stargazing. When I was younger, after my parents went to sleep, my brother would help me with a ladder to climb upon our roof where I would stare at the night sky for hours. The more I learned about the stars, the more insignificant all of my problems seemed to be. Then I learned of neighboring planets in our solar system and was completely taken back by the new found knowledge of mine that we are the only planet (known so far) to harbor life in this solar system. Carl Sagan became my idol because of the way he spoke about our home in his book, Pale Blue Dot (the title of which refers to a picture of the Earth taken by Voyager One from a distance of 3.7 million miles, shown above) when he says "it is our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
I didn't smile a lot in pictures when I was younger (16) but
I was so stoked to be on top of the Alps in Switzerland!

 I chose my field in Environmental Science Technology because this program allows me to do the work necessary to preserve the health of the planet for future generations to enjoy as I have. Not to mention, the Earth is pretty damn beautiful place and there's so much of it I still haven't seen yet and with a degree in Environmental Science, I'm not restricted to a certain part of the world because the environment is everywhere! And I love to travel. There's no part of the environment that I care about more than another, I love the whole thing. The ocean has recently taken my primary interest after living in Florida where I've developed an entirely new bond with the ocean and the creatures who call it home.
Chomper!
My IRP is going to be about the chemistry of retention ponds in a very developed area compared to the chemistry of retention ponds in more natural setting. The developed area is going to be the Halifax Plantation golf community where I live. There are constantly new homes and golf courses popping up in this community and I plan to examine the water before and after a rain event to see what kind of runoff is collected in the retention ponds here. The natural setting will be the retention ponds at Tuscawilla Park where I work. After a serious rain event these retention ponds get flooded so I'm curious to see what kind of runoff is collected here by comparison. I must say, the small alligator that lives in the lakes in my community was the inspiration behind my research.

I was ridiculously excited to experience my first cloud forest in Costa Rica,
my boyfriend wasn't really impressed.



Pedro UR ; Why EST?

     Hey Everyone, I chose environmental science for a few reasons but, to be honest the most influential reason I signed up to the EST program was my previous career choice. I had been a framer and worked outdoors 90% of the time for almost nine years. I enjoyed working outdoors very much. I also have always been drawn to nature so, I found a way to combine them both. the environment is inspiring to me for the fact that it is so versatile and unpredictable. I remember working a job surrounded by 60 ft pines for as far as you can see. When it was so hot outside that breathing was hard I would get excited; as I watched the treetops flow in a domino effect I knew a cool breeze was coming. I used the term unpredictable because on another job that same domino effect brought agony because a near by brush fire provided billowing clouds of smoke you can taste for days.

Hot Sun and treetops I photographed for cloud ID's in meteorology

What I care about in the environment isn't any one specific issue or infatuation. The fact that our environment effects us all and will carry on the effect of peoples neglect to its preservation to our children. It may sound cliche but, in my lifetime I already don't get to see the springs at their clearest or the Halifax River at it's bluest. Imagine what the simple things would look like 50 years from now if more people like us decide not to get involved.
       Oh and I'm finding it difficult to find an IRP that isn't too broad or original. I was wondering if anyone has an idea of how I can study a fish population within a certain area of the river or perhaps even in a small lake system like the ones in my neighborhood?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Victoria UR: Take a Bite out of This!

My dog Scamp sleeping on my legs. LOL!
Ever since I was a child, I loved animals with a passion. My parents took me to multiple zoos, aquariums, the like. I was always excited to watch anything that had to do with animals, I had fish, cats, and hamsters growing up. I always wanted more!! I've had many dogs, and many more cats since then. As of right now, I have a cat named S'mores, a sugar glider named Gizmo, two leopard geckos named Tangerine and Hypnotic, and my parents have my dog Scamp. After having all of these animals, I still want many more, so I've continued in school by choosing this as a study path.
   
Last day of Shark Ecology out in the Ocean using
drum lines, this 6ft. male black tip was caught,
tagged, and released. He was so heavy, he was
 pulling the boat sideways.
   





 My freshman year of college I was attending University
of North Florida in Jacksonville, I was told by my advisor
 that a professor was starting up a Shark Ecology class, and
 that I was allowed to take it since my career choice followed the Degree Program. In this class, I was able to tag and release sharks, while recording where they were caught, collecting a tissue sample to later compare how many of
 them were related, and measuring length and weight. It was definitely a path I could choose for my future! I had so much fun!







Because of how much I love animals and enjoyed tagging the sharks, I will be working alongside a professor to tag local sharks to find out how many sharks may call out intercoastal waters home, and to find out just how important this ecosystem is for all of the environment and people, even those who are afraid of sharks. Just because the movie "Jaws" was scary, and we don't know that much about our jagged toothed fishy friends doesn't mean we need to be pertified of them and kill them needlessly. Just remember, "Fish are friends, not food"



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Renee; UR: "Environmental Science: The best kind of plot twist"

Fun fact: I started out my college career back in 2008 intending to be a graphic designer.

Obviously that wasn't the direction my life story went. I am happy to say that thanks to a lot of little "cosmic nudges" I find myself eight years down the road and more excited than ever to get out and involved in my field. In environmental science I found the excitement that I would have been lacking as a graphic designer as I will be helping learn new things about our world and building a better, healthier future. Environmental science also helps me express beliefs and values that are important to me the most obvious being that we should take care of the planet that sustains our species and the other amazing life forms we share this world with. I even get ample use out of my creative side particularly as I have fun finding eye opening ways to display environmental data and explain why, how, and what is so important in this huge, complex field of science and GIS can help make that a lot easier while giving me my tech fix.

Best of all I get to help people even if they don't realize it and that is a huge reward for me mentally and spiritually!

Sarracenia minor specimen PP1-1 at Longleaf Pine Preserve.
Now that all of those feelings are out of the way...:p For my IRP I will be studying the soil conditions of our native hooded pitcher plant Sarracenia minor. I intend to develop a better understanding if what the soil content is where these plants are growing and how the compare with near by soils that do not currently support signs of pitcher plant growth.
These native plants are visually distinct from my plant babies as seen in my last blog and below.


Poppit a Nepenthes of uncertain exact species


  • How Many differences can you spot between the native pitcher plant above and my exotic pitcher plant?

Poppit's largest and smallest "baby" pitchers!
(her last set of full grown pitchers were
about 2in. long on average)







****And yes that little green and red squiggle above my nail is a brand new pitcher just starting out while the one under my nail is a few weeks old. > > > > > > > > >>>

Q&A
Q: Deb 'n Paul(Dr. Woodall)
Ok so--I think I've decided to contact Dr. Emmett to expose him to our Blog and, more importantly, encourage him to make comments/suggestions to your posts. He would be a great source of information and maybe help you to develop your ideas/project. Excellent first post, Rene! And kudos to your science-loving daughter!!

A: I would love to have Dr. Emmett looking over my blogs! I have spoken to him and he seemed very excited for the project and has agreed to help guide me. Right now the hard part is getting our schedules to cooperate. :) Also Skye was very excited to be part of my blog and wanted me to assure you she was feeding the blog fish. lol



Friday, January 29, 2016

Victoria Czupta: UR Introduction

Hello everyone,

     My name is Victoria Czupta (pronounced "soup-da"). I am 23, turning 24 in less than 2 months. I have a sugar glider named Gizmo, two leopard geckos named Tangerine and  Hypnotic, a siamese cat named S'mores, and a half chow chow dog named Scamp. I love animals, always have and always will. I also love science, so this class for me is very interesting. I'm transferring to Michigan for a zoology bachelor's degree after finishing this A.S. degree. I enjoy spending time with my family and my boyfriend. My hobbies include playing video games, magic the gathering, board games, inline skating, and cosplaying. I enjoy going to the Renaissance Festival and Megacon. I work at Dunkin Donuts, have for over 3 years. After graduating high school, I went to UNF for 2 years, but couldn't afford to stay there with living costs. I was able to participate in a trial class for Shark Ecology, where we were able to fish shark nurseries in the intercoastal, tag and release. This class that I took is what got me interested in field work, and is what I plan on doing for my Independent Research Project.
Shark Ecology summer 2011, Sandbar Shark


Megaladon Jaws at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, D.C.
2013

Lilli UR - Introduction

Hey fellow students and all other bloggers, my name is Lilli and I am an current Earth/Space Science Education major taking OCE3014. I am very new to blogging, as in this is my first ever blog post so this should be an interesting journey for us all! I guess I will start at the beginning with a little something about myself, I am 35 years old and have been married for almost 16 years.
My husband and I 16 years ago after our wedding!

 I have no children but I do have 3 amazing dogs, a chow/husky mix named Codi who is my very best friend and two min pins - Rowdee and Babygirl who belonged to my mom but we adopted them when she passed away as I could not bear getting rid of them, they were and have remained my connection to her.  I have 2 brothers, one in Kentucky (Nick) and one in Ohio (Bill) and my baby sister Becca who recently moved to Alaska they are my only remaining family and I love them all fiercely. We are very close and watch the Walking Dead on Face-time together every Sunday, when its not on hiatus.
My husband, Chris and our mini Babygirl

My min pin Rowdee, shes a goofball
The absolute love of my life, Codi

As I said previously I am currently an Earth/Space Science major but will be transferring to Stetson Spring of 2018 for my masters degree in Chemistry. I am looking forward to this semester although I am apprehensive about going on the boat for our lab explorations as I have gotten extremely sea sick in the past but I am open to all new adventures and look at them as learning experiences, what doesn't kill me makes me stronger right?

Rachel UR- From Robots to the Sea


Hello, everyone! My name is Rachel Meister and I just turned twenty this month. I was born and raised in the state of Florida, but I don't know where my life will take me to next. My plan is to become an oceanographer that specializes on the arctic sea.


2014 robot designed to throw an exercise ball
In high school I was in a technology academy that had a have emphasis on engineering. I quickly joined the local robotics team and fell in love with the field. My team went through a company called FIRST robotics. FIRST is a world wide movement to get kids more involved in fields like engineering and programming. They design a game for you to play every year which can range from shooting basketballs into a hoop to climbing up a steal pyramid. These robots weren't  little either. They normally weighed anywhere from 90-120 pounds and could reach over 6 feet high. Below is a video of our 2013 robot climbing a steal pyramid. This robot weighed 97 pounds.





 I went into my senior year convinced that I was going to be an engineer before deciding that the water was where I belonged. Ocean engineering was my fall back ,about half way through my senior year, and by the time I graduated I had switched fully into marine science. You can say I've done a complete 180 from where I was heading to where I am now.
My best friend Courtney (left) and I (right) the day that we graduated highschool

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Deanna, UR- Intorduction

Hello, everyone! I am Deanna and I am twenty-years old. I am proud to say that I was born and raised here in the state of Florida, with no plans of ever leaving the state. Growing up in Flagler County, with not much to do, I spent all my time outdoors. Whether I was fishing, playing in the mud or just running through the woods- I was always outside. And not much has changed.

Me, on the back of a live untapped alligator
for my 20th birthday.

I started my education at Daytona State College when I was a senior in high school, back in 2012-2013. Since then, I have actually graduated with my A.A. degree, majoring in Criminal Justice, in May of last year. I know it sounds weird that I went from Criminal Justice to Environmental Science Technologies but I want to work with Florida FWC, hopefully as a law enforcement officer, so the two actually do connect for me.

I am looking forward to this class and working with y'all!

Freddie;UR-ocean intellect

Hey everyone my name is Freddie Bryant i am a naturalist and i love nature. I am a new student to the science department and well aware of the wonders of science. My major is marine biology. I found that my best subject is science being as though it is easier to retain do to my interest of this living entity we know as mother earth. I am looking forward to excelling my knowledge in oceanography and meeting great personalities along the way finding my true path along side others with the same objective. I love the ocean and all aspects of its endless vast blue beauty. This is a new experience for me actually getting to go out and do hands on research and I am happy to be a student of Dr. Woodall. It will surely help me to expand my knowledge of what I know and what I don't. I hope to get better at posting blogs and making our science community aware of the unaware. Most of all I am excited to be apart of  the institute of marine and environmental studies and that I get to contribute my research with you all.
Cocoa Beach FL.

Skin so black its golden.

Love living life on the edge.

I love Oceanography.

Dave - UR, Delightfully Unconventional

Ocracoke Island, NC before Hurricane Irene, 2011
     My name is Dave. I'm a 32-year-old Disabled Combat Veteran and undergraduate researcher at Daytona State College, thanks to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I am a native of Ocracoke Island, NC, and now live in Ormond-by-the-Sea, FL.
     I joined the US Army in 2002, and attended Airborne School in 2003, graduating as a very proud young Paratrooper. I then served at Ft. Bliss, TX as a Patriot Missile Operator/Maintainer, until I decided to reclassify as a Blackhawk Maintainer/Crew Chief in 2005.  I subsequently moved to Ft. Bragg, NC, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.
     While there, I deployed in support of Joint Task Force Katrina - 2005, Operation BAT - 2006, and Operation Enduring Freedom VIII - 2007. While in Afghanistan, I re-enlisted for another 6 year contract and reclassification to Cavalry Scout.  Four months after coming home, I was shooting on private property at a friend's house, and someone in attendance negligently discharged a pistol, sending a round through my hand. I was hospitalized and underwent four reconstructive surgeries, postponing Scout training until the end of 2008.
Drug plane crashed near Norman's Cay, 2006
     In 2009, I was transferred out of the 82nd Airborne Division, to help stand up 1/38th Cavalry Squadron (R&S), in the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, Ft. Bragg.  In 2010, I attended and graduated the Army Sniper Course, before deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X/XI - 2010/2011. While there, I decided that I would not re-enlist again, and I departed the Army in 2013 with an Honorable Discharge. 
B Trp. Snipers in Kandahar Province, Afg., 2010
     Afterwards, I moved to Daytona Beach, and worked as a bar back and bouncer. I then opened Griffin Gun Works in South Daytona, and ran my gun shop for the next year. We worked hard and ran the business, but were forced to close in the summer of 2014.  A subsequent investigation revealed that our CFO had been embezzling funds the whole time. We are still pursuing legal action. 
     New Years Day, 2015, was extremely uncomfortable. What little savings I had after the gun shop closed was almost gone, and my daughter Bonnie had been born only a couple months earlier. I was an unemployed gunsmith with an infant daughter. I worked Bike Week to keep my family afloat, but my body told me afterwards that I couldn't make a living of it.  I reached out to my closest Sniper mentor, and sought advice. He told me to get my butt into college as soon as possible, if for no other reason than to ensure that my family was taken care of. 
Well behaved Combat Vets at Willie's Chopper Show, 2014
      In May of last year, I rushed myself through the admissions process at Daytona State College, to enroll for the summer semester.  That's right. I started college when others were trying to vacation, and I loved it. I was hooked.  I made President's List in my first semester, and I promised myself then, that I would see this journey all the way through to a Ph.D. in Marine Mammology. Then came the fall semester, and things really kicked into high gear...

So what happened next?

Well, I suppose you'll have to come back next week and find out!

Chris Browne UR -The Animal I Am

   
     This is what sound waves look like. Frequency and pitch change can create an elaborate interesting view on what sound is and how it effects us and nature. This is a great picture to start with and explains alot about Oceanography and the things that really get me going. I am no stranger to thinking on a large, interconnected scale to help me in this class.
   

 
      Well, I am pleased to be in another class with Dr. Woodall. I am one semester and an internship away from graduation. Here to enjoy, learn and discover some new things out. I have lived on, worked in, and raced upon the ocean my whole life. Raised in New England, I call Florida my home now for over 10 years. I have had a strong sense of science my whole life, and I hope to teach, learn and enrich the minds of all in return.

~Chris Browne

Pedro;UR-new to blogging

    Hello, my name is Pedro Alicea, I'm both excited and a bit anxious about this semester. I decided to enroll in school in 2013 when I learned I would be having a baby. I was excited to learn DSC had an environmental science program because, since I was a kid I always had been interested in nature. I grew up in the city of Bridgeport, CT. It's a lot more city than nature there but, the city offered parks good for fishing and trails through wooded areas. I'm a pisces and I like to believe that's the reason I'm into almost everything aquatic. I have a wonderful family that keeps busy year round a beautiful girlfriend and three very energetic children. I can't wait to see what new subjects Dr. Woodall has in store for us and I hope together we can make a great team and make a positive contribution to our environment.

Andrew 7, Kadi 6, Gaige 2