Grateful Monday

By Shannon Dunnigan Thanksgiving is the time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for in our lives. To kick off our week of giving thanks, we’d like to start off this Grateful Monday by acknowledging our interns and all the hard work they have done. As a research team at the GTM,…

Just another day on the water

Sometimes, you can find the silliest things on the water. We stumbled onto a floating Jack-O-Lantern in the estuary the day after Halloween. Floating along to his next spooktacular adventure… Hope everyone had a happy Halloween! Anyone else already looking forward to turkey?  

Eclipsing the sensor

The following post was written by a guest writer and a true fellow NERRd! Seriously, though, she works at another NERR… Kim Cressman is the Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator for Grand Bay NERR and a part of the SWMPrats team. She has a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington,…

Lost and Found at the Boat Ramp

by Mathew Monroe Working as a field biologist you never know what you will see or find. Here where I work at the GTM NERR, beautiful sunrises on the water and dolphin playing are not an uncommon site. The wildlife and the natural areas are abundant surrounding the oldest city in the United States, St….

Swip Swap

By Shannon Dunnigan Don’t you hate it when things break? Us, too. We have been noticing signs that one of our SWMP water quality stations was likely broken for a few weeks. Also praying, at the same time, that our suspicions were wrong-they weren’t (did you see our beard post??). Our San Sebastian SWMP station…

Our sonde grew a beard

By Shannon Dunnigan Biofouling can be a bunch of things…aggravating, gross, stinky, harmful, disastrous, interesting, impressive, but also comical. We retrieved one of our data loggers (sondes) from the field this week that looked like it had gone and grown a beard. Bryozoans are generally the main culprit in the biofouling of our sondes (along…

Our station…grew?

By Shannon Dunnigan On our last visit to the GTM Research Reserve’s weather station (located within Princess Place Preserve) we found that the station was no longer grounded; there was about a six inch gap between the end of the ground wire and the grounding rod that goes into the earth. This was troubling, especially in…

Dangerous Surf Conditions

By Pam Marcum “My #1 rule of thumb for the beach is never turn your back on the water.” One of the best parts of living on the coast is the beach. Millions of people enjoy sunbathing and splashing around in the surf every day. But what seems like such a great pass-time can turn…

Mangroves, maintenance, monitoring, oh my!

By Shannon Dunnigan This was a very productive week for us here at the GTM. We were finally able to make it out to our weather station on Tuesday; our first trip back since before Hurricane Matthew. We arrived to find that our station not only survived the storm, but had no other damages! Phew!…