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PO Box 13 678,
Being a masters student involves a bit of field work (Antarctica!), some lab work (dissecting fish, grinding up samples, preparing and reading otoliths, preparing gonad tissue for microscopy) and some writing (report, posters, presentations etc.)
As well as being a university student I have worked on farms, and as a field assistant monitoring the behavior and breeding success of the South Island robin.
Being out in the field.
Presentations and writing reports.
My masters’ project: “Patterns of resource use by ice fish along the sea ice gradient in Antarctica”.
Tackling a sheep which escaped in the wool shed during docking.A rewarding experience for me was when I collecedt blood from a juvenile robin for the first time when working on a summer project monitoring the South Island robins at Orokonui ecosanctuary. I was a bit nervous with the bird having such tiny veins, and it can be tricky holding them in the right position while they are flapping about, but the blood collection was successful.
I was helping out a girl in my marine science class. We were planning to collect sediment samples from Tomahawk lagoon in Dunedin. It was two of us in a one man kayak and as we were paddling out into the lagoon the wind picked up like crazy. We just kept getting further away from where we needed to go and despite paddling hard we were going backwards. Somehow we managed not to flip the kayak, which was lucky considering the 5°C water. We got back to shore, unfortunately without the samples. It was a bit of a disaster but pretty funny at the same time. What I learned was to be prepared for any weather conditions when working in the field and also that I need to work on my upper body strength for paddling kayaks against the wind.
Diving, tramping, camping.