Five months ago I was sent an email about a research project and opportunity unlike any I had ever seen. Without hesitation, I applied for this tremendous opportunity and was fortunate enough to be accepted. The place: An isolated lighthouse in Alaska. The subjects: Humpback whales.
My name is Ryan Meeder and I recently completed my freshman year at RSMAS. This summer I will be spending four weeks (beginning June 21) living in a lighthouse with three other interns studying Humpback Whales. The project is known as The Alaska Whale Foundation’s Rapunzel Project, and has its own official blog, which I encourage you to check out. Each week I will be writing a post here on the RSMAS Blog about the experience and what I am doing at the lighthouse. Our research goal is to catalogue Humpback Whale sounds and determine the impact anthropogenic sound has on the oceans and the whales. If you have any questions about the project for me now, or at anytime during the field season please feel free to email me. I look forward to sharing more information about the internship as well as pictures in my next post.
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