by Team Calico Crayfishes （Jin-Zhi Pao, Jesse Hildebrand, Ya LUO, Xuan WANG, Lei JIN）
Good morning everybody! Sunday, our most leisurely day was excellent for a little more bonding. Some students conducted iterated water displacement assays using gravitational potential energy differences, more commonly known as cliff diving off Snake Island. Meanwhile, attempts were made closer to our home base to test the weight limitation of paddle boat – three inches is not a particularly comfortable floating height however, and several were forced to bail to a safer vessel. The beautiful weather continued, I think it’s become increasingly warmer everyday – it topped 28 degrees Sunday, a temperature that the Chinese students scoff at as being lukewarm compared to the evidently roasting Shanghai summers. More than half the students decided that free time meant nap time, and so sleep was caught up on all around. As for myself, I slept in and missed breakfast. Better luck next time.
The day wasn’t entirely spent revelling however, and a few hours after dinner we were back in the classroom for our final round of seminars. Before the student seminars, Dr. Lougheed kindly gave us an exciting and informative lecture on the amazing diversity of reptiles. It was fascinating to learn that so many animals existed in such a close proximity to us, but imperceptible to the human senses. Their ability to hide in plain sight is crucial to their survival. With 7900 species worldwide, careful study is essential in establishing our relationship with these elusive creatures.
Our student seminars were equally interesting, and two of our group members, Gigi and Luo Ya also presented. They both gave unique perspectives to the pressing issue of fish farms. Luo Tian gave a rousing presentation on the many aquatic issues facing Qinghai Lake. Finally, we had one more member of our group Jin Lei finish off our round of student presentations with a talk on the aquatic ecosystems in the shallow lakes on the Yangtze River. With so much going on, this day or rest was still eventful!