I know I say this every week but it has been another amazing week here as an OIMB REU!
The pyrosomes continue to be a lot of work but we are starting to get some data. We’ve spent most of the week photographing the largest cut of gonad for 10 individuals (zooids) in each pyrosome slice. We got a tutorial on the program ImageJ so we can start calculating the area of the gonad slices. And then, soon comes the analyzing of all the data we’ve been collecting! We are also planning on picking up our larval traps in the next couple of days. Data collecting and analysis are in full swing!
The world is an amazing place and the Oregon coast is gorgeous! Christina, Elena, Nicole and I ventured down to Port Orford for an evening. There’s so many beautiful places to go!
This internship has been a fantastic experience. I’ve learned so much. This week I learned that it is really important to do things that you love. Every week we get to meet and have lunch with someone in the marine biology field. This week we had lunch with one of our professors, Aaron. He told us his career pathway, and I realized that sometimes you have to take risks to do what you enjoy, because then you can really invest. If you love what you do, you’ll give it all you’ve got.
Some of my favorite moments are when Craig or his graduate student Caitlin, come in and talk to me and Nicole. I love getting to know them and learn from them. Craig loves to tell us stories and teach us history lessons. This week he told us that our academic history traces back to Alexander von Humboldt, a famous biologist. It’s pretty cool when the people you learn about in school actually had a direct influence on the people you are learning from!
I feel so lucky to be here!
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!