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Photo essay by Paola Vazquez-Gomez, July 2019

A yellow measuring tape is stretched across rocky shoreline with two people working in background
As our first Earthwatch team of the season laid out transects for cross-system data collection, a pleased Adam Mullineux pointed out how splendid our grid-like transects would look from the skies, as he and Susan Sansone (two of our amazing Earthwatch volunteers) collected intertidal biodiversity data.

They worked swimmingly as a team to collect biodiversity data along this intertidal transect.

Two people measure rockweed with ocean in background

Five people stand on the rocky shore along the edge of the fores

Above, Earthwatch team 1 (from left to right: volunteers Susan Sansone, Heidi Marshall, Ellen Westbrook, Adam Mullineux, and Schoodic technician Andrew Zachman) made their way over the cobbles toward our first Cross-System Biodiversity site on a foggy morning.

Low tide means high time to collect biodiversity data on the intertidal for Earthwatch teams and Schoodic technicians! Below, from left to right, Madeleine Ross (Schoodic technician), Susan Sansone (Earthwatch volunteer), Nick Fisichelli (Forest Ecologist at Schoodic), and Adam Mullineux (Earthwatch volunteer) set up on the transects.

Volunteers working in seaweed-covered shoreline at low tide

This was one of nine Earthwatch teams of citizen scientists who contributed to Schoodic Institute research in 2019. Earthwatch volunteers contributed an average of eight hours each day in the field for an estimated total of 4,680 hours of data collection. Their enthusiastic service makes our science possible.