This week marked the end of one of my experiments. This experiment involved using adult Dungeness crabs, juvenile Dungeness crabs and mussels. Treatment one was one adult with ten juveniles; treatment two was one adult with 30grams of mussel; treatment three was one adult with ten juveniles and 30 grams of mussel and all treatments were being ran for three days. At the end of treatment one, the average number of juveniles that survived was 5 per replicate of the treatment. At the end of treatment two, the average weight of mussel that was left was zero for all five replicates of this treatment. At the end of treatment three, the average number of juveniles that survived were two per replicate and the average weight of mussel that was left was zero across all five replicates. The results from treatment three agree with my hypothesis, the adult crabs prefer to eat mussels instead of each other. The next experiment that I will be conducting consists of megalopa and juveniles and also contain three similar treatments to the previous treatment.
This past weekend I was able to visit the University of Oregon and the city of Eugene. This was easily my favorite field trip that I did this entire summer. The campus of the University of Oregon is really beautiful and exploring the city of Eugene gave me the feeling of wanting to "re-transfer" to the University of Oregon! Eugene is a city that I want to revisit in the future.
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.