July 14, 2006
Guy had a full research crew for the trip to Sapelo Island so I did not go with them for the field sampling. Sapelo Island is a forested, barrier island with little development.
I was invited to Hollings Marine Laboratory to help Anne Blaire and Travis Washburn download the data collected by the sondes they had deployed in the creek at Sapelo Island. Travis had stayed late after they had returned from Sapelo Island to clean and prepare the sondes for the work we would do today. Upon retrieval from the water, the sonde's information is downloaded to a computer and specialized software is used to graph and interpret the data. Five sondes had been deployed on the Sapelo Island sampling trip. Travis and I connected each sonde in turn to the computer in the lab. We took turns reading and recorded the data from each sonde to another computer program designed by Anne for the Tidal Creeks Monitoring and Assessment Project.
Travis takes really good care of the sondes in the field and in the lab at Hollings. Anne joked that Travis was "one with the sonde!"