Marine biologist-cum-research specialist


8 a.m.—I arrived in the office and did my usual tasks: logged-in, prepared coffee, powered-up my computer, shuffled my music files, and went through my e-mail. I furnished my to-do list for the day and began working on articles for the coming issue of The Sunday Times Magazine. I sent the files to my supervisor and to the communication officer for comments and proper dissemination.

10 a.m.—Continuing the day’s work, I opened the software Quantum GIS (QGIS) 1.8.0 for mapping and uploaded barangay and municipality base maps. I created and edited vector layers in the Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered coral point locations in Burdeos and unified their coordinate reference system of vector layers. I grabbed and saved Google Earth image of Burdeos and geo-referenced the image using QGIS. I then created, acknowledged data sources and finalized map.

I also did the same for the location of Lanuza Bay, Surigao del Sur. Created vector layers for fishers ecological knowledge survey sites for the Darwin Initiative Project “Responding to fish extirpations in the global marine biodiversity epicenter.”

12 p.m.—During our lunch break, I read journal articles on socio-economic and cultural drivers of fish extirpations.

1 p.m.—I resumed my technical work with the revision and finalization of the report on Lanuza Bay household livelihood survey. I sent the finished files to my supervisor for comments.

2 p.m.—I opened another graphical user interface for statistical analysis and modeling called the Opened R Studio 2.11. I loaded the CSV file on the 2006 and 2012 coral reef benthic cover, fish abundance and biomass of Burdeos.

With this, I ran syntax for data exploration (normal distribution and equal variances). Ran descriptive statistics and t-test. Ran diversity indices for both benthos and fish data. I also ran syntax to create figures of 2006 and 2012 live coral cover and fish abundance, as well as syntax to create figures of diversity indices and cluster analysis.

5:30 p.m.—After a long day spent in front of the computer, I shut the power down and unplugged. The day’s work finally ended when I logged out.


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