Welcome back! Readers…we have take off. The experiment has begun!
Here’s a recap of my week.
Species of the Week:
(possibly) Cancer productus
Saw this little one out at lighthouse beach. They have this color for quite a bit of their juvenile life, until they get bigger and resemble the classic red rock crab.
Once again, the light experiment is going, finally! I am going to run it as long as I possibly can, which unfortunately may only be 3 weeks. What I may do is pause it to take ‘final’ data for the poster, but let it run even longer. Now my week is going to be processing all the pictures and inputting all the data, which is a heftier task than I realized. I got all the beginning chromatophore stages staged, now I need to get color and length of all the isopods.
I ran into some problems with getting a color. Due to the nature of cameras, my pictures don’t have the same brightness, which is somewhat fixable, but there’s some aspects of cameras and pictures which alter the pictures in a way I can’t find out/don’t know how to fix. I can’t really do anything about it, unfortunately, but try to correct them enough and get the same standard across all pictures. Realizing this data wasn’t going to be as reliable as I wanted was a bummer, but there’s not much I can do. Nonetheless, I will get the data and see what comes of it!
Baby update: they are still alive! I don’t think I will end up using them, as they are too small to get a color on them in a consistent way.
Wednesday morning was spent attempting to troubleshoot some of my picture problems (surprise, it’s still a problem). I prepared a bit for my 10 minute presentation to the other REUs in the afternoon, then I was off to learn about writing CVs. I’d written resumes for longer than I can remember, but CVs are a bit different. I struggled for years trying to condense everything I wanted to say into a page for a resume, so I was very delighted to hear a CV can be, in theory, infinitely long.
Most of today was spent on OIMB’s research boat observing Aaron, Julie, and two other OSU folks dive. It was a very smooth dive, and it makes me really inspired to get certified so I can one day dive as well! Hearing about everything they saw made me jealous and want to be down there myself. Due to the sickness I had on the last boat trip, I loaded myself with medicine which ended up making me too drowsy to be productive. So in short, Thursday was not as productive as hoped.
Everything in the experiment is running smoothly enough. I’m still having trouble with the bubblers, so getting air to the isopods has been tough but it just requires constant readjusting of the hoses so they are perfectly in the water, but otherwise not too bad. I lost one isopod that managed to climb out of its container, but so far he’s the only casualty. Like usual, the afternoon is mostly meetings. Another grad student defended her master’s this afternoon that I got to see as well.
That’s the recap! This weekend the REUs are going to coquille river falls, but other than that is a pretty calm weekend. 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.