By Cheyenne Carey
Daily life as an intern for the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program is exciting, demanding, and fulfilling work. Each day begins with an educational lecture, followed by an always productive project, either on land or (typically) underwater.
There is a vast array of lectures at New Heaven, including ecological monitoring surveying, coral nurseries and artificial reefs, giant clam nurseries, sea horses, nudibranchs, coral taxonomy and disease, sea turtles, sharks, and mooring line use and repair. Each lecture explains the ecological, economic, and social significance of the topic. We also learn about the practical ways that New Heaven facilitates change when issues pertaining to coral reefs arise in the local community and surrounding ecosystem. Let’s explore artificial reefs as an example.