Regina Wang, 2014, Geosciences

This summer I worked at Archipelagos Marine Institute to collect and filter sediment and fish samples that I hope to analyze for microplastic contamination back at Princeton as part of my senior thesis. Throughout the summer, I snorkeled to collect sediment samples, dissected fish for stomach contents, and mixed both in saturated salt solutions that I then filtered and shipped back to Princeton. I also participated in underwater visual census surveys to track invertebrate populations and prepared entries for a wildlife library on the habitat and behavior of common species found in the region. Throughout the internship, I gained first-hand experience working in a nonprofit conservation organization overseas. I also gained practical skills through conducting field work and designing my own project; and I collected potentially useful data for my senior thesis.