This past week in my research, I have finally started one of my experiments. This experiment involved using adult Dungeness crabs, juvenile Dungeness crabs and mussels. Just to recap exactly what this experiment consists of, there will be three different treatments but five replicates of each treatments. The first treatment contains ten juveniles and one adult crab. The second treatment contains ten grams of mussels and one adult crab. The final third treatment contains the first two treatments combined which means one adult, ten juveniles, and ten grams of mussel. The final treatment is what will be directly proving or disproving my hypothesis, mussels as an alternative food will cause a positive impact on their cannibalistic behavior. By positive impact, I mean that the crabs would much rather prefer eating the mussel rather than each other. In order to get accurate results, I will need monitor treatment 3 hourly to see what the crabs prefer to eat first, will the mussels be eaten first or last? At the end of next week, I will finally have some results to report.
This week, we had our weekly seminar as usual where a guest speaker comes to present and talk about research that they have been doing. This week we had Dr. Glenn Ford from UC Santa Cruz present research he did on the impact that oil spills inflict on sea birds along the Oregon and California coast. This was by far the most interesting research seminar that I have listened to. Dr. Ford used his research results and extrapolated from them to predict the areas and amount of sea birds that would be affected in any future oil spills.
My name is Juan Flores and I am an intern in Alan Shanks’ lab. I am from a small city in the Los Angeles County, Pico Rivera, California. I will be transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Fall, pursuing a Bachelors in Biology.