After being in Pennsylvania for a weekend, it was refreshing to go back to the Oregon coast. It was so hot and muggy on the east coast, so the clouds and wind were greatly appreciated. I visited my family and celebrated my sister's 5th birthday and my grandmother's 70th birthday.
It was nice to finally meet Erica; she's very nice and knowledgeable. So far, I have worked on using the spectrophotometer with her and tried to collect juvenile Dungeness crabs. Sadly, there weren't any crabs in the trap when we looked; we found one green crab, one fish, and one adult Dungeness crab. Mike Thomas, a graduate student in Alan Shanks' lab, sets up the traps and gave us around 300 juveniles that he trapped. Erica spent one morning sorting all the juveniles into separate size classes.
We had the day off for the 4th of July, which was nice, though I had just had four days off. The OIMB hosted a picnic at the beach to celebrate. The food was delicious and we all had fun hanging out, even though it was cloudy and sprinkling. That night I went out with a few others to watch the fireworks on the Coos Bay Boardwalk; it was a nice show, and people were lighting their own fireworks on the train tracks behind the boardwalk.
On Friday, my lab and Mike performed a beach seine. Our goal was to collect more Dungeness crabs for our lab and to experience some field work. The seine is a 100-foot-long net that we dragged into the water; we had to wear waders to do that.
I finally built a functional y-maze, but I am still working on building laminar flow tube to ensure water is coming into the maze evenly on both sides. I will have isopods and crabs wandering the corridor of my maze next week.