Exploration Science Program Graduates First Student
The first student through the Exploration Science program has graduated and will be headed to future adventures with the National Park Service. Christopher Muina began classes in the fall of 2013 and recently finished his final internship project report prior to graduating. After two semesters of coursework, Chris was accepted into the internship program in the Dry Tortugas with the National Park Service. His work primarily revolved around lionfish control during his several month long internship. In addition, he assisted researchers working on nurse shark projects, sea turtle monitoring, coral spawning and underwater archaeology units. The internship gave Chris first hand experience living and working in a remote location with a small team. He was able to document and experience the challenges and rewards of working daily in the remote, sometimes harsh and always beautiful surrounding of Dry Tortugas, giving him the first hand experience of how to manage and conduct science in remote locations. His final report is titled “Observations of Conducting Science in Remote Field Operations in Dry Tortugas National Park” and will be housed in the RSMAS Library for future reference.
Chris has accepted a position with the National Park Services’ Exotic Plant Management Team and will be working in remote areas of national parks to help control invasive plants. Some of this work will involve helicoptering into backcountry areas where he will spend a week or more assessing and controlling invasive plants. His experience in the program will serve him well in this capacity. We wish Chris all the best for the future and again congratulate him on a job well done as he finished up his degree this past December.