This week I accompanied Elena to assist in her field work. She is studying the differences in algae growth in dismissive and reflective beaches. We woke up early in the morning to get there before low tide and sample some algae so she can go back to the lab and measure how densely packed it is. It was nice to get out of the lab and spend some time on the beautiful Oregon coastline. Here is a picture of a very sleepy me and Jacob getting ready to sample some algae with Elena:
Despite the fact that I don't look so happy in this photo (I had just woken up from the hour drive), it really was a great time! We also spotted a four armed starfish that reminded us of a chromosome:
Most of the week has been spent trying to wrap up my research project and prepare on the final poster session on Wednesday. Time here has flown by. I can't believe it is almost over.
Exciting news! Our larva are starting to metamorphose into their adult form. Becky went to change the water for the starfish and noticed the tiniest little baby starfish at the bottom:
See you next week!
Thanks so much for reading.
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.