My first summer after undergrad, I worked as a “Hecktern” (intern in the Heck Lab) in the Marine Ecology Lab at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the Gulf coast of Alabama. We did a lot of fieldwork in seagrass beds and oyster reefs; the gorgeous views of the Gulf made the early mornings wake ups worth it.
Sunrise near Dauphin Island
Getting ready to sort a trawl sample
Interns learn to set the long line
Crystal Hightower takes interns to help her collect shark measurements
One of many calico crabs from our fish traps
Hook and line fishing success!
Fishing by the rigs
Gulf oil rig
2011 Heckterns! Courtney, Heather, Carrie
Our lab’s boat, the Thalassia!