Good Bye Island Paradise.

This weekend was my penultimate weekend in Australia. Monday morning I woke up on Orpheus Island, after three solid days of adventures. You can read about my previous days on the island at these pervious blog posts. Day 3: BRING ON THE SNORKELING Day 2: I CAN GET USED TO ISLAND LIVING Day 1: PINCH ME NOW I MUST BE DREAMING … Continue reading

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Bring on the Snorkeling

Orpheus Island is located within the Palm Island Group on the Great Barrier Reef, situated 120 km north of Townsville and 220 km south of Cairns. Located 23 km (16 nautical miles) east of the mainland coast from Lucinda, North Queensland, Australia, Orpheus Island is in the northern end of the Palm Island group. I … Continue reading

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I Can Get Used To Island Living.

As I wrote in my previous post, “Pinch Me Now I Must Be Dreaming” I am staying on Orpheus Island for 4 days (3 nights), and volunteering to do tasks around the island. This post focuses on my experiences from day 2. Saturday Morning I woke up to the sounds of cockatoos and and other … Continue reading

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Pinch Me Now I Must Be Dreaming.

Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time. Is it luck? My dad would say, “luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” Well this weekend I had an amazing opportunity, and I don’t think anything could have prepared me for this experience. As you may or may not know I am in Queensland … Continue reading

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What (not) to do in the lab.

This list is a compilation of my own, and other researchers “learning experiences.” I have been thinking a lot about science education. I guess I’m always thinking about science education since I am a biology teacher, and I am in the midst of an amazing summer research experience in Australia. My current thoughts on learning … Continue reading

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From Beautiful to Terrifying.

Yesterday I spent the day on Maggie Island in the Coral Sea off the coast of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Over half of Maggie Island is National Park and it lies in the the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. As I was riding the ferry over I thought to myself this is going to be one of … Continue reading

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It’s all a matter of perspective.

Before I go into the details of what I’ve been looking at I wanted to give you some perspective. If the human race were my micro algae experiment, stick with me for a second, the entire world would fit in about 4.5 liters of filtered sea water. With some serious help from K we were … Continue reading

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TLC video made on iMovie

Here is my first attempt at iMovie. Thin Layer Chromatography <- (click on link) Or watch embedded video on the post. Let me know what you think.  

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Cane Toad Capers and Moral Dilemas

Do our reactions in the moment reveal our true feelings and intentions? Or another way to think about it. When given time to think before we speak, or in the case of my recent experience scream out, will we portray a more refined, and rational version of ourself. My experience this weekend gives a glimpse … Continue reading

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A blowout, a milk shake, the outback.

The day started off slow. The Townsville Road Runners were hosting a race that started at the Uni. P and I met Cam for a morning run followed by tea and anzac biscuits. The race was about a 5k, and was a blowout. We took it slow and enjoyed the friendship, the tea and biscuits and … Continue reading

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