John: Since I was the team captain, it was my job to manage everyone and make sure that the project was coming together. Being team captain meant putting in a lot of extra time and effort. I had to use my people skills and resources to find individuals who had taken first hand pictures of Mt. St. Helens, when it erupted in 1980. I also worked on obtaining rights to use sounds of various animals on our website, and frequently corresponded with local professors and scientists who were studying the mountain to obtain accurate up to date information.
After I had compiled all of my resources, it was my job to do the majority of the text on the website. I used my extensive background in the life sciences and my writing skills to develop web pages that were accurate, concise and compiled from a variety of resources. In addition to creating the majority of the text for the web site, my experience in photography and graphic design was very useful in creating a simple yet elegant website which could be viewed on a variety of browsers from Internet explorer to Web TV. When I was not working on the web site I spend my free time taking, photographs and growing tomatoes.
Michael: Since I contributed to writing the HTML code and developing the entire web page, it was my responsibility to make sure that everything that John or Lorena designed was complete and could be used on the Internet. Although Lorena did have some experience in Dreamweaver, we decided that I would write the code for the site since I had, created several pages along with taking a college course in web design.
I used my knowledge of HTML to turn graphic design into viewable web content. At times it was difficult, trying to explain the concepts of web design, to John who mainly knew graphic design, where the possibilities are endless. In addition to using my experience in HTML, I also designed all of the flash presentations on the web page. These two tasks kept me very busy throughout the summer. I now can say, I know more about working as a team and the details of HTML than I did before I started working on 'A World of Diversity.' When I was not working on the web site, I spent the summer, sleeping, taking photographs and just surfing the net.
Lorena: I brought several unique skills which John and Michael did not have to the team. I was able to give a unique perspective to the team. I was able to contribute information from first hand accounts of the rainforest, one of earth's most essential biomes. I was also able to find things that were uneasy to understand in the text and needed clarification.
When not researching the rainforests much of my time was used to help design a website in Spanish. This was very difficult, since much of the English was not easy to understand. The entire team felt that accurate translation even in the Spanish site, which would not be judged, was important, since it would open up a whole new world of opportunities for global interaction through the web site.