Belize

Bluehead wrasses are very abundant on Belizean reefs, including Glover’s Reef Atoll within the Belize Barrier Reef. We perform our research on patch reefs off of Middle Caye, where Glover’s Reef Research Station (GRRS) is located.

Map of Glover's Reef Atoll, off the coast of mainland Belize. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Map of Glover’s Reef Atoll, off the coast of mainland Belize. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

Glover's Reef Research Station on Middle Caye, Belize. Photo courtesy of GRRS.

Glover’s Reef Research Station. Photo courtesy of GRRS.

 

Field Work at Glover’s Reef Research Station, December 2013

One of our goals was to acquire sex changing fish for transcriptomic analysis, in collaboration with Dr. Neil Gemmell and Ann Liu at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The following photos are courtesy of Ann Liu, unless otherwise specified.

The very talented Ann! There are very few pictures of Ann because she was the one taking these gorgeous shots.

The very talented Ann

View of our ocean-view dorms. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Our ocean-view dorms at GRRS

Gorgeous sunrise view from Ann's dorm. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Gorgeous sunrise view

Wet lab area where we tagged fish. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

The wet lab

Here Ann and I are sorting all of our supplies. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Gale, GRRS.

Ann and I sort our supplies. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Gale, GRRS.

The wet lab also functioned as a shelter from the winter storms! Courtesy of Ann Liu.

The wet lab also functioned as a shelter from afternoon storms

A pair of pelicans hunting for fish. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Ann and I about to head out to the reefs. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Gale, GRRS.

Ann and I head out to the reefs. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Gale, GRRS.

Getting our kayaks ready before heading out to the reefs. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Getting our kayaks ready

Keeping my skin covered from the sun while also staying warm in the water! Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Nearly suited up

Our borrowed canoe named "Poopsie." Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Our borrowed canoe from GRRS named Poopsie 

Heading out to the reefs. The water is so clear that they're visible from the surface. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Returning tagged fish to their home reefs. The water is so clear that the reefs are visible from the surface. 

Swimming back to the canoe after releasing the fish onto their home reefs. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Releasing tagged fish onto their home reefs. 

Making sure I released all the fish! Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Making sure I released all the fish! Sometimes they hide inside the lid of the bucket. 

A sunset kayak ride is a great way to end the field day! Courtesy of Ann Liu.

A paddle at sunset is a great way to end the field day

Another amazing sunset at Glover's Reef. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Middle Caye is covered with old reef debris, which makes for a beautiful sight.

Middle Caye is covered with reef skeletons, which makes for a beautiful sight. Here is an old brain coral skeleton. 

Wish willy iguanas make an appearance on sunny days. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Wish willy iguanas make an appearance on sunny days

Two of Ann's favorite things: hermit crabs and coconuts! Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Two of Ann’s favorite things: hermit crabs and coconuts

Walking around the island. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Walking around the island

Ann posing by a

Walking around the island

The mangroves are nurseries for different types of fish, including parrotfishes. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

These mangroves are nurseries for different types of fish

View of the dock from the lookout tower on the island. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

View of the dock from the tower on the island. You can see two reefs right off the dock.

Best place to take a dry break. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Best place to take a dry break

Thinking if work could get any better. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Enjoying the setting sun

Ann, in the morning sun. Courtesy of Ann Liu.

Ann, in the morning sun

We have the best job in the world! Courtesy of Ann Liu.

We have the best job in the world!