April Richards ’16

April is an Environmental Studies and Psychology major from Sheridan, Wyoming.

Rogers Fellow in Environmental Studies

Baruch Marine Field Laboratory | Hobcaw Barony, South Carolina

Final Days:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

August 21, 2015 | I started the week with my final, bi-weekly catch. I was excited to go out on the boat with Paul one more time before I head back. I have really enjoyed being a part of this study throughout the summer.  I learned so much about sampling and identification techniques which will certainly be helpful as […]

Week Ten:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

August 13, 2015 | This week we started to wrap things up at the lab. Matt and I spent Monday analyzing the data from our PIT tag study and making graphs to represent our findings. It will be really useful when I am getting ready to present at the Fellows Showcase finished them while I could ask Matt questions. […]

Week Nine:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

August 6, 2015 | This week started off exciting with a visit from the Rogers Fellows staff. It was really great to meet the people who made this opportunity possible for myself and past fellows. I finally got to meet John Mark Dean after speaking with him on the phone for several weeks. He possesses a wealth of knowledge […]

Week Eight:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

July 30, 2015 | Week eight at the lab was short with an extended weekend because Matt took a trip. On Monday we weighed the fish and checked for tags. We have observed some tag loss with both the pinfish and mullet. I am concerned about some weight loss in some of the fish, but a number of factors […]

Week Seven:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

July 27, 2015 | Week seven started with the biweekly catch. It ended early because of lightening, but I am getting pretty good at driving the boat. We were only able to do one trawl so we didn’t get the variety of species that we normally get. We did manage to catch a large burrfish which was very exciting because […]

Week Six:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

July 17, 2015 | This week was by far the most fun, eventful, and dirty. Monday a new intern arrived who has been assisting with my research and I later on I will be helping with hers. We started my main research on PIT tags this week and so we spent most of our week setting up. I learned […]

Week Five:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

July 7, 2015 | Week five began with the bi-weekly catch. I went out on the boat with Dr. Allen and Katie to collect samples. We collected samples of post larva, core samples, and trawls. I learned how to drive the boat and took turns dropping the trawls. After we collected the samples we went back to the wet […]

Week Four:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

July 1, 2015 | Monday I started reading Belle Baruch’s biography, and later this week Dr. Allen took us on a tour of the site and told us some more of the history. It was really interesting to actually be able to see the places that are mentioned in the biography and hear Dr. Allen. For example, in the […]

Week Three:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

June 24, 2015 | This week I continued to test the critical swimming speeds of fish to fill in data missing from previous trials. I primarily worked with Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) between 35 and 50mm long and Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) between 50 and 70mm long. The tests I ran will help fill in some gaps in data so we […]

Week Two:
Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

June 17, 2015 | Week two began with an early morning trip with the class to demonstrate several trawlers and collect species for identification purposes. That night we repeated the study to determine how the number and variety of species change. We captured a variety of fish, crabs, shrimps, squids, rays, and even a few sharks. It was interesting […]

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