Sunday, January 4, 2015

Student post: Jeromalyn Santos - Saturday, Jan 3 (Day 6)

Jeromalyn (Joma) is a student at Northern Marianas College. Her research group is comparing pollination on Saipan and Guam. The students spent all day Saturday working on their research projects, and preparing their written methods section for their final paper. Here are some thoughts from Joma about their day: 

Greetings & Hafa Adai!

It is nearly the end of the first week of the Island Ecology course. Time seems to be moving too quickly for me to grasp, but I enjoy every moment of it! The past days have been full of adventure and excitement. Today, my group and I had set out in search of the flowering Carica papaya (papaya) and Morinda citrifolia (noni). These plants were observed to see if any pollinators would visit, and if so, what kind. With this, we hope to see if the presence and absence of birds affects flower visitation rates. Our journey consisted of several stops as we tried to get a good glimpse of these plants. There were moments of excitement whenever we would find an insect roaming around the flower, but also disappointed when we would just watch a bird fly by. I believe we had a great and successful day. Tomorrow we will be enjoying the day over at Saipan’s neighboring island, Managaha, followed by joyful activities.

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