Valeria Schmidt, 2019, Undeclared

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). My project focused on identifying the role of basin-scale climate variability in the decline of Atlantic corals. Most of my time in Bermuda was spent doing fieldwork including: fish surveys, coral collection, transects, underwater filming, and water sampling. I also presented my research three times during the summer to other staff members and interns working at BIOS. The summer stretched and grew me as a researcher and a communicator. I walked out of the internship with an enormous amount of knowledge and an exciting discovery of a new passion for research. I am now considering majoring in geosciences and hope to continue some of the work I started at BIOS in the future.