First Week of Biology Done

Trip Start Jan 18, 2010
Trip End Apr 11, 2010

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Flag of Ecuador  , Galapagos Islands,
Saturday, February 13, 2010

So now that we have a lot of work I am just doing entries whenever I feel like it, definitely not everyday. We had a really packed week this week. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we were studying Botany, plants. On the first day of Botany we had a long lecture in the morning and learned about the Littoral zone (coastal plants), then we walked done to the salt marsh to start identifying some of the different plants. On Tuesday we bike down the wall of tears path all morning. We stopped at different locations to identify different plants. One of the places we stopped had a really cool path where we walked through like a tunnel of Mangroves and it ended in a really calm salt water lagoon that led out to the ocean. We all took a quick swim break because we were extremely hot and it felt good, I am definitely going to try to get back to that spot a few times. Wednesday we took a bus all the way to the wall of tears and hiked up to where we could look out over the island and see the different plant zones. I took a bus back with the teachers because I didn't feel the need to bike with my knee but the rest of the kids biked back down. We had done a project over the 3 day botany course so in the evening we all presented our findings. Mine was identifying a particular plant, Leatherleaf (Maytenus octogona). 
Thursday we started Reptiles but not before an early morning test on Botany. I cruised through the test in about 35 minutes and was one of the first done. I studied a lot wednesday night so I could start the class off well. 
For my parents: I got an A on the presentation and was the only person in the class to get 100% on the test. First time ever. Take that Meredith!
The reptile lecture was really long but it was very interesting so I didn't mind too much. The professor is the head of biology at UM so she was extremely well prepared. Her passion is reptiles so she loves teaching the class. We learned about the different lava lizards that inhabit the islands. In the afternoon we went out into the salt marsh trail to look for lava lizards. We got to observe their behaviors. On Friday we met out on the lava rocks by the beach to look at the marine iguanas before we had another reptile lecture. Another very long lecture but even more interesting. The marine iguanas are very strange creatures and have lots of habits. One of the most interesting thing was how they vary so much between islands with ones on our island being as big as 25 pounds, but on the small island of Genovesa the biggest are 1 pound. In the afternoon we had a boat trip to Tintoreras to examine the marine iguanas and lava lizards there. This trip was pretty cool and we got to see 3 baby sea lions with their parents. At the end of the walk we went snorkeling which was pretty good. The visibility was terrible so I didn't take pictures but I found another nudibranch, saw a few penguins, and a bunch of white tip reef sharks. We have class tomorrow but have sunday and monday off. Hopefully will have some good stories from Carnival for you on monday or tuesday.
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Michele on

Sounds great. Who knew you were a plant guy. Congrats on all of the A's!

Ashley on

oh sibling rivalry...congrats on the As :)

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