A reflection on the UCSB LTER SEEDS field trip

This year’s ESA/SEEDS field trip to sunny Santa Barbara, California and the UCSB LTER was incredible! I can’t remember the last time I had sooo much fun with people I barely knew and had only just met. But after it all, I for one know that there are many people that I will definitely be in touch with for years to come. I think we had an awesome bunch, everyone so dedicated to their field of study and we all fed off of each other’s energy the whole time. I can say with certainty that this has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I learned so much about Ecology, different types of watershed, the ecological effects thereof and even some more about myself and what I would love to do with the rest of my life. After this field trip I am determined to remain dedicated to SEEDS, ESA and the outreach and education of ecology and its growing importance.

I am still honored that I was selected for this opportunity. Its one of those experiences that everyone should strive to take part in. Thank you to everyone that was involved and to everyone that made this possible! Ashley, I loved your pictures, they made me smile. Irene, any chick that can moonwalk like that is cool with me! Alejandro and Fred… ya’ll are crazy! Jenna, thanks for keeping me laughing (“arm pit of the world” LMAO). Anne, I’m so glad we got to experience this together. Micheale and Richard you guys are awesome (I hope you got that pic! LOL) Fabio… YOU DA MAN! Lorin, Michelle, Maria, Claudia, and everyone else!!! Melissa, Erin, Teresa, Danna and Jui….Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I miss you all so much and can’t wait to work with you again!

Contributed by Charlee Glenn, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

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