How to Prep for a Research Expedition

I think I’m writing this blog because the answer is that I don’t know. I just made my first packing & to do list and it’s overwhelming. When I pack for myself and I forget my toothbrush it’s no big deal. Now if I forget a scalpel handle I’ll instead have to excise fish tissue with a machete. Well, that’s an exaggeration, as long as I don’t forget the fish guide I should be ok. I’m definitely going to bring an electronic back-up copy of that one.

So, while I’m starting to calculate the work on the horizon, I’m also really excited. I’m talking with other scientists to learn how my project can help them in their current work. One scientist just replied and said that he saw a 20′ hammerhead shark landed by fishermen in Sierra Leone the last time he was there. Twenty feet! I would just die and go to shark heaven if that happened. It reminds me that ANYTHING can happen, or be pulled from the sea. Here’s to lots of new discoveries and experiences!Fish in the Sand

 

Africa Countdown: 82 days!
Things on the to-do list: 82+ :(

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