Hey y’all! Just wanted to start by giving a shout out to my lab coat/what I call my lab coat. This is my Dad’s high school jacket that serves me well in the chilly Oregon labs.
The climax of this week happened on Thursday at 1pm when we dropped our last two weeks of work (larval traps put into two moorings) into the open sea and hoped for the best! We have good reason to be optimistic as the flags and floats were still visible as we drove away (on a previous deployment during Spring term, research students watched the flag sink to the depths of the ocean because the line was too short). The traps are designed to catch larvae and the attached plexiglass plates provide a place for them to settle, if they so desire. We are going to compare what settles to what we find in the traps at four depths. Now that the traps are deployed, we wait!
However, ‘waiting’ involves wax, chemicals, fancy slicing machines, tissue stains, microscopes and other things that make up the complicated process of ‘histology’. Histology of pyrosome and brittle-stars gonads, amongst other activities, will be how Craig keeps us entertained for the next 3-4 weeks.
As interns, we’ve managed to become Summer long foosball competitors! Competition part one took place Wednesday evening. OIMB student Ian took home the gold medal without any serious competition. Hallway hammocking, dorm croquet, golfing, hours upon hours of card games, and 4th of July fireworks at downtown Coos Bay have also made good memories.
I’m so grateful for this experience! I love all the fun, the research, and the people. I couldn’t have been blessed with an opportunity better than this one!
Hi. I’m Kaitlyn Beard from Orem, Utah and am studying Biology at Brigham Young University. I love running, hiking, violin, guitar, good food, and life! I love marine biology but don’t have a huge opportunity to study it in Utah. I applied to this program to figure out if studying marine biology is something I want to do for a career. I’m heading into my senior year and am thinking about graduate school so hope this will be an enlightening experience. I’ve been paired with Nicole Wegrzyniak and we are really excited to be working with Craig Young! During the first week we examined larvae from the plankton, learned about the reproduction of bryozoans, and used underwater photography to look for ecological patterns on the Charleston docks. We are designing an experiment to measure larval recruitment and larval supply at different depths in the water column. We also plan to study the reproduction of a deep- sea brittle star from hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic Ocean. I’m really excited for this opportunity!