I often wish that I’d studied marine biology. Of course at school, I was told that there were no jobs in the field and I should do something “real”. Neither my advisors nor I seemed able to imagine that 10 years down the track, I might be living in a country with some of the best diving in the world and plenty of opportunity to explore the sea.
I digress – the point of this post is to show you what a small electrical fault can do to a marine biology research station. Specifically Heron Island station, run by the University of Queensland for over 50 years.
- Reef research weathers island fire – UQ news release
- Pictures of the aftermath of the fire
- Fire Flattens Island Lab – news article from Science
- Heron Island Research Station – general information
Happily there were no casualties and “most of the long-term data sets had been backed up” (well, you’d hope so – in fact you’d hope all of them were backed up).