This week my lab was a hub of activity! Julie and Erica returned, but so did the graduate student, Reyn. James frequented the lab, inquiring about design elements for Aaron Galloway's new lab. And for our non-human lab occupants, the crabs were all shuffled around and reclassified; the isopods each ran through the y-maze three times.
Because the isopods ran through the maze, I now have data I was able to analyze. Since I have 33 isopods, I had to record 99 videos. That means I had to watch 99 videos, many twice. Most of my videos only required one viewing, making that part of the analysis process much faster than I was anticipating. Watching the videos was not a super exiting activity, though. It was exciting to complete my olfactory tests and I am ready to complete my visual tests, even though that means watching 99+ more videos.
I was hoping to be finished collecting some visual data this week, but the setbacks in my y-maze construction have pushed all my data collection farther than I had hoped. With the timeline of the REU program, I may plan on only performing various seaweed-inclusive visual tests, so that I will have complete data for my poster.
Next week, my dad, brother, and best friend are coming to visit me. They will miss my poster presentation, but they will get the chance to see my public outreach session at the Charleston Marine Life Center. I am excited to share my work with others!