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September 29, 2017

Today, the veterinary staff, students, and other interns are gathered on Sandpit Road, northeast of the compound. They’re watching our vet demonstrate scopes and ground-penetration tools on one of the wild gopher tortoise burrows. I’m missing out on this rare bit of en...

September 19, 2017

 Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017. Image source: NASA Earth Observatory.

As the most intense storm in ten years smashed its way through the Caribbean, the eastern coast of the United States prepared itself for disaster. Aimed at the tip of Flor...

August 14, 2017

Back in my fifth week on the island, I got lost. I spent hours trying to line up the symbols on an outdated map with markers nailed to trees so long ago that some of them had nearly been consumed by growing bark. It was - I’m not going to lie - a bit scary. The experie...

August 10, 2017

It’s eight o’clock in the morning and I’ve just arrived at the commissary to start my work day. Inside the doorway, I pause to pull a pair of blue medical gloves from their box on the wall and work my fingers into them. On my way to the back of the room, where the silv...

July 24, 2017

It's been just over a month since week twenty-three posted and I'm in the process of wrapping up my work on St. Catherines Island. Clearly, I've been lagging on the blog front. In a strange instance of synchronicity, I find myself not only surrounded by an ocean, but w...

June 19, 2017

     Way, way back in 2004, Ad Council ran a series of television PSAs aimed at encouraging people to lose weight using subtle shifts to their daily routines. They were pretty clever, but mildly disturbing. In one, a couple in a grocery store discovers a...

June 8, 2017

     There is such an abundance of life on St. Catherines Island, that twenty-eight weeks is hardly enough time to write about everything. Now that my time here is growing short, I find I’m having to pick and choose my favorites (and I admit I’ve been saving some good...

June 2, 2017

     For an island that’s nearly uninhabited and can hardly be described as “developed,” St. Catherines sure sees a lot of action. Now that we’re well into summer, boaters have flocked to our northern shore, taking advantage of the public beaches (everything up to the...

May 24, 2017

     Last week, I had a rare visitor; my mom! She flew into Savannah, all the way from Texas, to experience a touch of Georgia life. We had fun ghost hunting in an old brewery, went aboard a Dutch sailing ship, and she met the St. Catherines Island lemurs. I’...

May 16, 2017

     We here at the intern house are increasing in number. When I arrived in January, I became the second occupant and second lemur tamer (which sounds way cooler than “temporary keeper,” our official title) on the premises. Then, approximately two months ago, the oyst...

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Jennifer Parrilli is a graduate of the University  of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology. She also completed a minor in anthropology. Her research interests include mycology, entomology, chiropterology, and science communication. You can also find her work published by the Athens Science Observer. This blog is the story of her seven month internship on St. Catherines Island. 

(All photos were taken by the author unless otherwise noted. Please do not use photos without permission.)

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