I’m still in love with Oregon and the Oregon Coast!
Research this week has been somewhat stressful. Our time is winding down and deadlines are fast approaching. In two weeks, we will be making a poster and presenting our projects. After a little bit of excessive stress our deadlines were pushed back a couple of days.
We finished photographing and measuring pyrosome gonads! After running a couple of statistical tests we found that there is no significant difference in gonad size in different sized pyrosomes or at different locations in the colony. Although this is not what we had expected it actually is a more friendly ecological result as you don’t have to worry about an exponential reproduction output as the colony grows.
We went out several times on the Pluteus to retrieve our traps. After a couple days of high waves, we made it out past the bar! So much was our relief to have passed the bar that none of us had even thought of the possibility that the traps may not be there. But sure enough, some troller boat must have hoisted the jolly roger because our traps were missing! No flags or markers in sight and no sonar detection below. Definitely a big disappointment but so goes the nature of research! Sometimes you do a lot of work to lose it at sea or to find that there is no significant difference in your results. It can be disappointing but at the same time good. In this case, we have decided to analyze the species diversity in the bay larval trap that we made as a tester.
I have to say that Craig is the best mentor! He is just a ray of sunshine. Every time we are discouraged or encounter a setback he steps in with a new idea to make things easier or to make things still work out. He always believes in us and wants us to have a positive experience. I feel privileged to get to work with him this summer!
This past weekend Nicole, Kaz, and I ventured to the county fair to see the cute animals and eat the delicious food! On Saturday all of the interns headed up to Newport to tour the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Newport Aquarium. The tour of the Hatfield Center was one of my favorite trips we’ve taken. I’ve come to really love seeing other marine centers and the research they are doing. The marine biology life is… kind of awesome.
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!