Have you ever wanted to discover something new or see something most people don’t see? Grab a microscope and welcome yourself to this past week of histology! We finished our slide preparations (a long process of various hours in chemicals, slicing tissues, drying, and staining slides) and finally got to look at the pyrosomes under a microscope! Their sperm are easily identifiable but the eggs are proving more difficult to identify. We also discovered that our brittle stars need some decalcifying before we can look at them. It is so miraculously fascinating to be able to see things that are so small!
Attempting to write a proposal on pyrosomes unearthed the only pyrosome literature from the 1800s and early 1900s. The last studied information on pyrosomes! What an exciting thing to be studying after the long break in research.
The intern life is fantastic! I’m loving the almost nightly beach trips to see the sunset, foosball foosball foosball, long runs, and occasional movies. A highlight this week was a trip to main campus in Eugene and a lap around the Hayward field! I got to let out a little bit of my inner running nerd.
A couple things I’ve learned this week
1) Don’t disregard old literature. Papers written long ago may be exactly what you need! (thank you Craig for teaching us this and showing us the perfect example: pyrosomes)
2) Working together makes everything easier and more enjoyable. Working on proposals during the beginning of the week took Nicole and I in different directions which wasn’t quite as enjoyable or productive.
3) Take every opportunity to enjoy the place that you live. We live right next to the beach. It is easy to think you can go tomorrow, but just go today!
4) Research is the most innovative way to learn. I’ve never been so excited to discover how to dissolve calcium carbonate or to figure out the anatomy of a pyrosome as when it’s driven by inquiry!
Being an OIMB REU intern is one of the best experiences I’ve had! I’m so grateful for this opportunity!
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!