Hello readers! Time has certainly flown here at OIMB, and it is hard to believe that this is the last week of my internship. Just as I've grown as a scientist here, so too my larvae have grown-- check out their progress in the slideshows below!
Sea star larvae (Patiria miniata)
Sea urchin larvae (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)
This week the interns had the opportunity to present our research findings in the form of a poster presentation to both members of the scientific community at OIMB, and also to visitors at the local Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC). I found both presentation opportunities challenging and rewarding for different reasons. The CMLC opportunity pushed me to present my research findings in a way that was accessible (and interesting) to a non-scientific community, while during my presentation at OIMB I encountered research questions I was unable to fully answer (and I was reminded of all the exciting questions I've yet to answer in my research). While in many ways 9 weeks is a very short duration of time for research, I left both presentation opportunities aware of all that I was capable of learning and accomplishing in 9 weeks, and feeling immensely inspired by the research I'd seen my fellow interns accomplish during this time at OIMB.
While my time as an OIMB REU intern has come to a close, my work as a researcher is far from finished. I'm excited to share that this September I'll be participating in another NSF-funded marine biology research opportunity--this time studying marine ecology in Ireland! I will likely be blogging about my IRES experiences and will post a link when available. Until then, take care and thank you for reading my blog!
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