Here's a pic of the intertidal at ECIM Sur, where I'll be working. Notice the blue tuffy on the bottom right. That's the zone where I'm installing settlement plates in order to compare habitat selection during settlement of three species of barnacles. I'll post more photos of the actual plates and explain the project a little once I'm done installing them.
Extra credit if you can find the echinoderms in this photo! There are tons of sun stars and sea urchins in these pools, which makes me very very happy :)
I'm off to Santiago this afternoon to catch an overnight flight to San Jose. My aunt Stella and uncle Pete will pick me up from the airport so that I can spend the day with them before the SACNAS conference begins that night. I'm looking forward to tomorrow because it's been almost two years since I've seen them. They've also promised to take me to Whole Foods to load up on goodies and In N Out because I've been craving a hamburger like none other. I think this week I'll eat nothing but hamburgers; I miss them that much.
I'm also looking forward very much to the SACNAS conference. I'll get to see some of my best friends from grad school, Marlene and Gloriana; friends from Boston like Serena and Melanie; and several other friends that I've met through SACNAS. It will be busy because I've organized one scientific symposium and am speaking about my diagnosis in another one, plus giving a poster presentation, judging posters, and mentoring students. This conference has been a source of inspiration, motivation, and even therapy for me for the past seven years which is why I wouldn't miss it even though I'm thousands of miles away! I'll try to post photos when I return!