CAUGHT IN THE NET
Our first guest blog showcases the work of Sarah Springer, a young aspiring marine biologist.
I remember being nine years old and watching a presentation from one of my classmates on career day. He stood in front of the classroom with his little shoebox diorama, a plastic diver hanging from the top with a piece of fishing wire, and he told us about marine biologists. That was the day I found out what I wanted to do with my life. From then on, I would borrow every book about fish I could find in the school library and devour the knowledge. It was like finding water in the desert.
I’ve always loved the beach, but more than that, I’ve always loved the ocean. Its grey-green and slightly metallic nature was always especially lovely, and the way it thrashed so endlessly against the shore enthralled me. Digging for sand crabs in the wet space after the water receded, I was always so enthralled. The creatures would burrow into the sand packed in my palm, and I wondered how they could live in a place constantly and continually inundated with water.
I found my love for the ocean in Carpinteria, just a bit north of Camarillo, and it’s only grown as I’ve learned more. I took proper, real biology classes in high school and learned that nature consisted of infinitely many interconnected food webs and not just the simple and primitive food chain taught to us in elementary school. I thrived and flourished and fell even more in love with every concept I was taught.
Biology is so incredibly important, and incredibly beautiful. Everything is woven together so tightly, and it’s not a web, it’s a net encircling this Earth. If you remove one species from the net, the whole thing collapses slowly and entirely, and that concept has always been the most incredible to me. While taking direct action and doing things to help our lonely little planet is so important, education is absolutely vital to conservation and protection. People need to know what their efforts are for, and why it’s so important. If more people were taught about the delicate balance that keeps this world alive, it would be that much easier to work together to protect what we have. More people need to understand that what we have is all that we have, and that’s not begging for a doomsday scenario: it’s taking note of its beauty.
I chose this field because it is the most beautiful and incredible thing in the world to me, and there are always chances to learn something new and amazing. Science is an incredible field because it offers so many possibilities. Science teaches us that the earth is like the most beautiful and delicately balanced symphony. Taking out even the smallest thing will flatten the sound and cause the music to collapse in on itself, and if that isn’t the most amazing thing in the world, then I don’t know what is.
Sarah Springer is a Biology major at California State University Channel Islands. She plans to go directly into a graduate program for marine biology after graduating, and then aspires to find an internship or work with an aquarium or natural history museum -ideally working with sharks and marine invertebrates. She would love to work in a research capacity.Sarah is a twenty-year-old California native who is very passionate about science, even more so about the ocean. She is a voracious reader and an enthusiastic baker in addition to being a hoarder of knowledge.