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Name: Brad Schondelmeier

What is your major? Marine Biology

How did you become interested in this major or field? I’ve had a beach house in Connecticut on Long Island Sound since I was 3 and became interested in Marine Biology shortly thereafter.

Where do you see yourself five years from now? Hopefully working in Marine Research, whether it be fisheries, oceanographic research or any related field. I have begun thinking about post-graduate options in the Coast Guard, or maybe waiting a year to apply to graduate school.

What part of the research on this trip has interested you the most? I enjoyed sampling phyto and zooplankton with the bongo and neuston nets and the benthic organisms caught by the beam trawl. I enjoyed learning the procedures and preserving the organisms. I also liked learning about the geological aspect and grab and core sample procedures.

What part of the research has interested you the least? Although the future of oceanography is going to use nutrient research, the procedures were rather boring and tedious. Filtering samples from the Nisken bottles made sense to me and although I understood the procedures, I would rather have been working with tbe trawls.

Did you get sea sick on this trip? Wednesday I felt sick when the seas were rough, but I never tossed it.