Welcome back! About the dredging trip… let’s just say it was sick.
Here’s a recap of my week!
Over the weekend, I had some help planning a build to distribute air evenly to all 80 of my isopods. The plan is simple, but everything takes time.
Another fun note, one of my female isopods had babies! There are around 25, possibly some more, and I plan on running a diet experiment on them!
Other than that, it was a whole lot of spray painting, drilling, labeling, and podcasts. Supplies for the light box came in, so the build is underway!
Happy 4th of July! Today was a half day of work because at noon, OIMB held a picnic to celebrate the fourth. The morning consisted of some quick jobs I could start and pause/finish. The afternoon consisted of about 3 straight hours of volleyball, the classic egg toss, and then fireworks that night!
Like the beginning of the week, more set up and more podcasts. In the afternoon, we discussed social (and professional) media for scientists. Find me on Twitter soon! Later that afternoon we listened to a seminar regarding mate choice in promiscuous fish presented by Dr. Heather Auld. Wednesday night began the foosball tournament within the student/intern population, can’t say I did too well but practice makes perfect, right?
I am learning that the longer you take to start the experiment, the more factors you realize need to be changed. Unfortunately, we are not up and running just yet. This morning I went out and got some algae for a diet experiment on the babies. I am almost done with the setup of my air dispensers! Spray painting has been finished as well, for both diet and light experiments. Progress!
Some good things, some bad things today folks. We’ll start with the bad. I was welcomed into the lab this morning by a bottle full of dead babies! Unfortunately, the babies that appeared over the weekend were gone by this morning. It’s unfortunate both for the setback for my project, but also the loss of the animals. Nothing like becoming a father to 20+ babies for a week, and then losing them all. This isn’t the end of my project entirely, it just sets me back a bit until I can collect enough isopods to compensate. We will persist, readers!
Now good things. Before this I got to go out to the field with a fellow REU and help her collect some algae. I got some help drilling and threading hose attachments for my air dispensers from the wonderful maintenance staff here at OIMB, and hopefully those will be done by this weekend.
That’s the recap! This weekend some of the REUs are crabbing and some of us are headed to the field for field work, so on that note I will be back in a 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.