During my Bachelors career at the University of Panama I’ve been working with plants and marine macro algae. They have been one of my passions during the last 4 years.
The photo on the right shows a group of filamentous algae on a mangrove prop root. Upper center picture is a green algae called Caulerpa. Bottom center is a cycad coralloid root. On the left is a cycad.
Starting in December 2015, I had the opportunity to work in the Collin Lab. For me this has been a marvelous opportunity that every single day is enriching my knowledge of marine animals. By January 2016, I received the big news that I would be able to participate into a field trip to Bocas del Toro Research Station as part of a Harvard University course (OEB 51: Biology and Evolution of Invertebrates). At that moment my mind started to think into the million ways in which I could take advantage of that course and how it could improve me as a professional.
By the first day of my arrive we arrange everything and we get into the field, sadly the first day I forget to put silica gel in my camera housing and my camera get fogged immediately.
During the second day in the field we went to a place that had many mangroves and some sea grass beds. The huge diversity of organisms that habit in the mangrove prop roots fascinates me.
The third day of the course I forget my camera in the docks so no picture that day. Oops.
During my work in the lab I read some of the papers by Svetlana Maslakova about nemerteans and I became fascinated by their morphology. Especially their proboscis and feeding habits. After reading that they are common in corals rubble, I started a search of for these ribbon worms. I brought the rubble to the lab to break it with a hammer to see if I could find some worms. But sadly by the end of the week I wasn’t able to fine a single one. Luckily, one of my course mates finally found one so I did see one in the end.
The picture shows some coral rubble in which I searched for nemerteans.
Stay tuned for PART 2 to see some more beautiful photos of the marine life in Bocas del Toro.