KS Hawaii Class

On June 13th Ron Englund and four students from his 8th grade KS Hawaii class arrived in Moorea for a week of science and exploration.  Biocode communications officer Jerome Petit spent Sunday giving everyone an orientation tour of Moorea.  This also included a tour of the station with it's laboratories and facilities and a presentation on the  Biocode project.  The class was then able to participate in two days of talks and field trips with Jean Yves Meyer:  a hike up three coocnuts trail, a trip to the Miconia areas of Moorea, and a talk "Native and exotic plants of Moorea."  On Wednesday, the class went out in the field with Nathalie Marie to a beautiful waterfall in Afareaitu where they collected insects.  Back in the lab they learned the process of sorting by morphospecies and photography.  Thursday and Friday were marine days spent with Aimee Ellison.  The first day was at a local beach where everyone got in the water and collected marine benthic invertebrates with pumps and seives.  Back in the lab everyone got to participate in sorting, photographing and subsampling the organisms.  Friday was spent out on the water.  A boat ride to the motu where four marine transects were done and data was collected.  After that, a couple of hours swimming with the local population of rays and black tip reef sharks.  An around the island drive concluded the day and the group's stay at the station.  It was a delight to host them here at Gump and we hope that everyone enjoyed their time as well as learned a lot.