Welcome back! Coquille river falls was AMAZING. I have not seen many waterfalls in the US, so it was incredible.
Here’s a recap of my week.
This morning I went out to lighthouse beach for tide pooling with Richard Emlet and a couple of the interns. The tide was super good, too good to pass up! Once we got back, I prepared some food to feed the isopods, then got some food myself. After lunch, I got the help of another wonderful intern Elena to help clean and do water changes on all the isopods in the experiment. After treating her to coffee for her help, I helped out some another intern making her diets, listened to some phantom of the opera, fed my isopods, and started making my poster.
This morning I got to go out to the mudflats for the first time! We were out looking for a specific worm, which looks like a bunch of other worms to my novice eyes. While I enjoy the rocky intertidal, I must say that mudflats really have my heart. There was a very small bed of seagrass and I got so excited! I helped process some of the worms back at their lab, then went back to mine to do a bit of work before lunch. After lunch, Elena had a ton of isopods hidden in some algae she had collected that I brought back, so I might have enough isopods to start a diet experiment! It won’t be done in time to present it in the poster session, but I can still get the data anyway.
This morning was pretty quiet, did some house cleaning as usual. This afternoon we talked with the grad students on advice for getting into grad school, then to some faculty on what they look for in a grad student. So far this has been my favorite and most beneficial Wednesday afternoon development session. I know very little about actually applying to grad school, so it was so incredibly helpful to hear from both current grad students and advisors. It makes me both excited and really nervous to eventually go to grad school, but I honestly can’t imagine another trajectory for my life so it will happen!
Today is a busy day, a full post-it note busy day. The morning consisted of preparation for protein and carbohydrate analysis of different diets for my lab mate and fellow REU Zade’s project. We ran into some problems along the way, and by the end of the day we unfortunately didn’t have data, but hopefully by tomorrow we will! The process took longer than expected (silly Leela, don’t you know science takes double the time you’d expect?), so I couldn’t get too much else crossed off my list. There was some headway on a feeding trial though! There a ton of babies in the lab currently, probably enough to have enough replicates per diet! It will most likely run past my time here, but still exciting!
That’s the recap! This weekend the REUs are headed to Newport aquarium and Hatfield marine center which I anticipate is going to be amazing. See you all next week!
Welcome! I grew up in Livermore, California and I’m about to enter my fourth and final year at University of California, Davis as an Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity major. As far as science goes my interest are in marine ecology and studying how the organisms that reside in the ocean interact with each other and their environment. I keep this as broad as possible because I am still exploring what is out there in terms of research and what I’m interested in. I heard about REUs in general from a fellow marine biologist back in Davis, so I decided to consider them for this summer. I applied to a ton of places and kept my fingers crossed I could get into one, and I did! Being able to conduct my own research was a highlight of REUs that sparked my interest and I’m very excited to be able to participate and be around like-minded individuals for 9 weeks.