Don’t cry because it’s over…smile because it happened – Dr. Seuss
It’s been a busy few weeks, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already time to leave Bamfield yet again! You’d think it would be easier with the repetition, but leaving this place has never been easy for me. When you find a place so beautiful, and so seamlessly linked with the ocean it’s tough to uproot and head somewhere that I know I’ll be so much less immersed (pardon the pun) in marine biology.
This most recent trip has been incredible; lots of critter spotting (including whales, which I’m usually not fortunate enough to see out here because I spend so much time with my nose buried in the intertidal zone!), kayaking, and of course…science! It’s always a real pleasure to be around such a great group of people so interested in marine science…there have been some great ideas tossed around and I’ve got lots of great new things to think about. Collaboration is a very critical component to any scientific endeavor, so when a large group of scientists get drawn into an area like this there are virtually limitless possibilities that can be generated. Places like the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center are really important; not just because they provide scientists with a ‘home base’ from which to do the field work critical to their research, but because they give us a place to meet and share ideas. I, for one, always en d up benefiting from fresh perspectives.
Sadly no SCUBA diving this time, but there really wasn’t time for it with all the other thesis work on my plate, and so my gear is (regrettably) still dry. I’ll have to make up for it next time.