Week 2 at OIMB
The last two weeks have been FULL! I can hardly decide what I want to talk about. One of my favorite experiences was going tide pooling at Cape Argo. It was awesome to see so many alien-looking creatures everywhere. We were attempting to find sea cucumbers for another students research. These little guys can be tricky because they hide in rocks and inflate themselves making it impossible to pull them out. While we were looking for these elusive invertebrates under various rocks, we came across an octopus! I was a little nervous it would bite me (right before handing it to me someone told me that one had bitten a student the quarter before and his hand swelled up), but luckily both me and the octopus parted ways unscathed
My name is Nicolle Koontz and I am from Grass Valley, California where I attend Sierra College. I am lucky enough to be working in George von Dassow's lab doing research on the cellular biology of starfish oocytes during mitosis. I am an information addict. I have to know how things work, how we know how those things work, and why they work the way they do. These sorts of questions have led me to major in Biology. As an REU intern I look forward to working in a state of the art lab with mentors and grad students who share in my joy of discovery while also building my skill set. I am so excited to dive into a project that can contribute to our collective scientific understanding of the world.