During the days of June 13 - June 27 of the summer of 2017, a group of NaGISA students traveled to Plymouth, England to extend the knowledge of the NaGISA program to the United Kingdom. We worked with students from the local Ivy Bridge high school in Plymouth for all of out NaGISA activities. When we got to the collection site, we used the Rocky Shores protocol to collect the available macro-organisms. The dive team went out to their collection site early in the morning and then met with the rest of the team later in the day, and also assisted in the beach collection. The next day, the gifted NaGISA team worked with the England students to perform the analysis. Due to differences between Floridian beaches and Plymouth's shores, we had to crate a whole new protocol for both the beach and dive analysis procedures. In addition, we sent our most significant samples back to the University of Florida to add to their international collection.
While working in Plymouth, we worked with the Marine Biology Association, who assisted with collection and analysis. They provided their lab for analysis and much of our equipment. We left them some of our supplies so they can continue with the research in Plymouth. We plan on working with them again in 2019.
The first part of this trip was the collection and analysis in Plymouth, England. The NaGISA team worked with the Marine Biological Association again, and three students gave a presentation about the NaGISA and gifted programs at Niceville High School. The collection started the morning of June 3, with the divers departing quite early. For the beach collection, the team went to a beach that was surrounded by cliffs on the Bovisand Bay. The team collected three quadrats using the Rocky Shores protocol and three quadrats using Sandy Beach protocol three times, for a total of nine quadrats. Three separate quadrat groups were done at times of low, medium and high tide. The dive collection went well, and lots of specimens were collected.
Analysis occurred at the Marine Biological Association on June 4. NaGISA students gave a presentation about the NaGISA program and the Gifted Program at Niceville High School during the Marine Biological Association’s Coffee Hour. A local Ivy Bridge school assisted the team with analysis, and did a mock collection with two externs by the shores of the MBA. The collection was a great opportunity to exchange both culture and scientific knowledge. After Plymouth, the students traveled on a tour of Europe that included Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.The trip helped students strengthen and form friendships while traveling around Europe.