Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Take a read at what our intern, Kees, has been up to!


           Currently I am doing an internship at the research center. This is part of my university course ‘Applied Biology’. I came here as a dive virgin who only dived in cold pools in the Netherlands. On my first day my virginity got taken away and we made an amazing dive on the island. In the following 3 months I Made around 30 dives and am now a proud owner of my open water certificate. The goal of diving changed a lot lately, from going diving to practice my buoyancy and basically just surviving under water to doing serious research on the cichlids present around the island. 


For my study I survey 8 different transects on biodiversity around the island and upcoming to our new location Nkhata Bay. These transects are laid out at different depths and posses different stratas and different communities of fish. This makes for 4 dives a week for a Total of 2 months. Which Will make a Total of 32 amazing dives with hopefully usefull data as well. The data will be analysed to compare the different biodiversity of the locations based upon strata and depths (5m and 10m).

There is more I do at the research center because there is a fishing village and three rivers to monitor. It is important to monitor these since they give a lot of information. 3 times a week we make a welcoming hike to these rivers and every weekday we visit the fishing village every week. It is nice to participate in other researches as well so you can learn from them and it makes for some nice distraction of your own research. 

Altogether my time here has been wonderful and it is great to experience this culture, the weather, the nature and the beautiful lake at a young age. It makes you more adult and conscious about your life when you have had 5 months in Malawi to compare it to.


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