Hi everyone! my name is Shiyue Zhao, and I am going to a coral reef internship in Little Cayman which is in central Caribbean from Jul 15th to Aug 4th. This program is set for student interns to get an idea on how research is going on in tropical environments and how to apply the skills learned from classrooms on real hand-on researches. We all chose our own research topics based on central Caribbean environment, and mine is Coral Bleaching which I suppose is concerned by many marine scientists all over the world. We have to read 10 articles according to our project and give a presentation the first day of the program. I hope in the next three weeks, I’ll gain more knowledge about corals and physical and biological factors that may cause coral bleaching. I am excited about this program and hope I can make the most of this opportunity.