A Deep Dive into the Bazaruto Archipelago’s Geomorphology, History and Megafauna: Kristin Zunino’s Storymap

Kristin joined the BCSS field station in September last year, staying for several months while she completed her dive master course, assisting Diving Manager Mauro Jije with everyday operations. Through the Scientific Training Program and being amidst knowledgeable scientists and environmentalists, she found a love for the Bazaruto Archipelago, its community and environmental awareness. Her passion for the archipelago translated into an incredible Storymap of the area – covering subjects such as geomorphology, human history and megafauna.

I’ve always been passionate about learning and applying place-based geomorphology, marine ecology, and oceanography. Bazaruto Archipelago is no exception, as it holds a special love in my heart. Observing the abundant life above and below the surface water gives me hope for the change I want to be a part of. Creating this story map solidified my interest in and respect for the archipelago.

Back in the United States, she initiated and pitched the GIS Storymap project, as part of her degree in Human Ecology at the College of Atlantic, for which she attended the Geology of National Parks course. A Storymap is an interactive, educational website containing GIS maps, infographics, videos and other types of content to inform the reader. The extensive webpage gives an extraordinary complete overview of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Amplifying topics such as climate, topography, geology and megafauna, the Storymap proves to be extremely informative and interesting, especially for those planning on visiting the BCSS field station on Benguerra Island.  

Kristin’s experience at BCSS demonstrates the variety of opportunities and outcomes that our Scientific Training Programs and Dive Master Course may hold, embracing enthusiasm, initiatives and aspirations that one can put in. Explore all of them with few spots still available in 2024.   

For questions about this article, please contact:
Iris Uijttewaal, Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies

Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies
Host of the first permanent Ocean Observatory focused on multi-ecosystem time series research in Africa, the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS) was established in 2017 as in independent, non-profit organisation with a mission to protect and support the fragile ecosystems of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique. The research station is located on Benguerra Island, off the coast of Mozambique.

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