This independent research project, which I conducted for independent research credit that applied to my upper division ESRM requirements while in Costa Rica, was my first real experience with conducting my own research and desigining a research study. Sure, I had helped out with some post-doc’s research as an undergraduate assistant, but that is very different then designing and carrying out your own independent research project. It was definitely a learning experience: everything from the background research, to the experiment design, to the experimental procedures, to the data analysis and writing was new. Although the results were not extremely significant, this was a great way for me to plunge into the world of ecological scientific research, and I have continued using the skills I learned from this project in my Environmental Studies Capstone, my REU research in South Caronlina, and my research in Friday Harbor.
Habitat Transformation and Bromeliad Tank Communities