A Day in the Life of a Biscayne National Park Volunteer
Biscayne National Park
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( music playing ) John: Hi my name is John… Daniella: Hi I’m Daniella. John: …and today we’re at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with the Biscayne National Park rangers, and what are we doing today? Daniella: We are getting coral that we’ve taken from the reef and we are measuring it to see how much its grown in the past six months. John: We have two sites. We have the artificial reef in the lab and we have a lab site out in Biscayne National Park and we have to compare the different growth rates in the two spots. John: Alright, so now we’re in the lab where the work takes place. Daniella: As you can see, they’re measuring the coral and they have numbers for them and they’re going to later put this information in the computer. John: When you put them in the computer, they have this system that actually counts the polyp count and calculates the surface area of the coral so they can compare it to before and after measures. Daniella: They can see how much it has increased in size and how well the coral is doing. John: So now we’re at the coral holding tanks where the coral is stored, and they keep them here until they go into the lab and they have to measure them. Daniella: This coral was taken from a wreck. There was a wreck there and the reef got destroyed, so they took the bigger pieces of coral and as you can see they fragmented them into smaller pieces so they could attach them to the tile. John: Each fragment is put on a separate tile and it is stored on these holding racks in the water until they have to collect them and bring them to the lab for recording. Daniella: They also wait ‘til they’re big enough so they can take them back to the reef and cement them and they start growing in their natural environment. John: They have different organisms in here, such as a sea urchin and they have them in here to eat the algae so the corals don’t get covered in algae and die. John: Alright, well we have to get back to work now. Daniella: Thank you for coming, and we hope you’ve learned and enjoyed your time here and gotten to see some of the things we do here at the lab. We’ll see you again very shortly. Together: Bye! (music) [Transcribed by Gary Bremen]
A Day in the Life of a Biscayne National Park Volunteer hosted by Daniela Escontrela and Jonathan Dorsey.