Summer internship at MSEL – Rafaela de Albuquerque Ribeiro

I had the great opportunity to do a summer internship at MSEL for six weeks, and during this period I worked with Jimena Samper-Villarreal, helping with her PhD project. I came to the University of Queensland supported by a scholarship program from the Brazilian government (Science Without Borders), and having the opportunity to work in such a reputed lab, with such great researchers, is something that I will always be grateful for.

My experience at MSEL, despite being a short one, definitely improved a lot my academic formation. During this time, I was able to learn a lot about the Seagrass ecosystem, its life cycle and importance, plus I learned how to use the Software ImageJ for measuring length/width and total area of seagrass leaves, how to organise database on Microsoft Access, and how to do statistical analysis using R. Moreover, I got the chance to participate in some fieldwork as well as lab work, and to attend lab meetings where I got to see more about the on-going projects.

I would like to specially thank Jimena Samper-Villarreal for giving me this great opportunity, as well as having the patience to teach me and trust in my work. I’d also like to thank all MSEL group for being so receptive. It was great to work with you all.

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