After an evening of celebrating our research, learning, and community building we retired to our final night on the RV Lake Guardian. An early morning wake up call and a bit of rain hustled us along as we packed up our bags. From power cords and flash drives to microscopes and tucker trawls, we hauled everything off the boat as we made our final trip across the gang plank. Promptly at 9AM, the Lake Guardian departed with Captain Bob at the helm as they set off for Lake Michigan. The teachers and researchers cheered and applauded the crew for a spectacular trip.
The presentations of research projects took place at the Great Lakes Aquarium. We amazed ourselves by how much we had learned, and our ability to explain our results to our colleagues and scientists. Our projects reinforced the idea that science is about the process; it may not always support the expected outcomes. We learned that nearshore and offshore systems of Lake Superior are very complex. We definitely need to do more research, maybe next summer (hint, hint)?
Experiences such as these are often very powerful. It is amazing how we grew not only in science, but even more so as a very close knit group. Many feel as if we have developed life long friendships as we became more and more of a family throughout the week. We learned so much about each other and enjoyed sharing many aspects of our lives with each other. So hats off to thd COSSEE Lake Guardian Workshop 2011 and our very best to each of us on our journeys. We know we will find ways to keep in touch.