Starting the New Year Right! Research and Field Work!

Tomorrow, January 6th, I will travel south to Roatan, specifically to Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR) for two weeks of data collection on the dolphins at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS). I’ll be joined by two groups of students for a week each. Our first week will also include a few colleagues for the continuation of the dolphin innovate/create study. (More on each of these topics in the next day or two.)
Personally, I’m very much looking forward to observing the dolphins and recording their social behavior and vocalizations. Each visit is like catching up with old friends (who also include the trainers and other folks at AKR/RIMS!). The added incentive for my strong desire to travel farther south today, in particular, is the REALLY cold weather we are having in Florida! It was 34°F (1°C) this morning!
For the next couple of weeks, stay tuned to regular (daily) updates on our research progress, the dolphins, and of course, the field course. Each group of students will help me write the field notes/blog update, beginning Sunday (Jan 7th) night. Here’s hoping we have warm, sunny weather, good underwater visibility, intricate social interactions (among the dolphins!), and lively, engaging discussion on a variety of topics with the students!