Hello readers! Everything I will be putting on the poster is now done, yay! I won’t say it was an easy process, but it is super fulfilling to be done. I feel incredibly accomplished and proud of myself for completing a research project.
This week was pretty monotonous, though. 90% of this week was working on data and putting it on a poster. Lots of podcasts/music and looking at a screen. Much of research, I’ve learned is looking at a computer screen. Much of my personal research, too, was looking at pictures of isopods. As much as I love isopods, looking at so many of them in such a short timeframe gets a bit overwhelming. Once again, thanks to help from my lovely colleagues I was able to get it done in time and some of it I was even able to run statistics on!
My results were the complete opposite of what I had expected, however. It was a tad disheartening to not see the results I wanted to see, but that’s all part of science. I always say that a negative or insignificant result is still interesting and while that is very true, it is still hard to follow my own advice. My mentors are very encouraging, however, and got me to think about alternative explanations for what I saw. It was a quick project that was run short, so in the timeframe I had I would say the results are still pretty cool!
Each summer OIMB holds the annual ‘invertebrate ball’ where the students get to dress up as their invertebrate of choice! Some of the REUs decided to go as a salp chain (this week’s species of the week). We made quite an entrance as we were physically stuck together as salps would be. Turned out to be a very fun night of dancing with some fun inverts!
This week is a short blog, as most of what I was doing was summed up in three words: looking at screens. This next (and last!) week consists of ending and cleaning up all remaining projects, doing a poster session for the community at OIMB, and some outreach for the community of coos bay. So on that note, I will see you next week for the last time!
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.