Week 8 is done which unfortunately means only one more week in Oregon! This week flew by so quick. It was initially planned to have my second experiment done in order to finish creating my poster presentation, but due to the lack of catching megalopae which is required to run the second experiment, I was unable to run the experiment. To start this experiment, I needed about 200 megalopae total with a light trap. The light trap is specifically designed to attract megalopae because they are positively phototaxis, meaning that they are attracted to light. Every day of this week, I went out to our local docks to catch megalopae but there weren’t any in the light trap. My mentor has been recording data from this light trap every day for the past several years and when I looked at the data, the number of megalopae around this time decreases to zero. This indicates that their spawning season is ending which is why they are no megalopae in the light trap. Unfortunately, this left me with data from only one experiment on my poster.
This week the other interns and I presented our research poster with each other and gave each other critiques and compliments on it. An exciting part of this week was watching Alexa, a grad student in my lab, defend and pass her thesis. She presented her research on Goose neck barnacles regarding their nutritional value as food and their physical growth when given two different types of food. Her presentation was overall amazing and I learned so much from it!
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.