Sophomores in the Marine Ecology Research Program spent the weekend of October 28-29 studying steelhead on the Big Sur coast.
The students went to Big Creek, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. They donned wetsuits to go snorkeling in 14°C streams so they could observe endangered and, in the words of teacher Christian Reilly, "poignantly displaced" fish. They also studied insect traps to see how the fish interact with the food web. The trip involved camping—a new experience for some of the students.
Dr. Tommy Williams, a scientist with the National Marine Fisheries Service who has long studied steelhead at Big Creek, worked with the students. His workplace also donated equipment and supplies.
This was the fifth year for the Big Creek trip.