Final Post: Growth and Luminescence of V. fischeri Ecotypes across a Salinity Gradient

This summer my project presented a unique opportunity to become acquainted with biological research. From coming up with a research question and experimental design to data collection and analysis, each stage presented its own unique challenges that have helped me become a better student and scientist.

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Contemporary Design with Historic Jerusalem – Final Post

In conceptualization and conversation, Jerusalem is known for what it was or for its significance to particular groups, rather than to the structure of the city itself. As my first formal foray into contemporary architectural history, I studied the dominant architectural styles of the latter half of the twentieth century, particularly from 1970 onwards. I analyzed the built environment of Jerusalem through three architectural styles, focusing on the Old City and several areas of the city immediately surrounding it.

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Final Post

Classes have now begun and my summer or research has come to an end. Over the course of the past couple of months I have learned a lot about what it means to be involved in biological research, both in the lab and out in the field. From mountain biking and hiking in 100 degree weather in order to collect ticks, to running PCR’s and gel electrophoresis, my summer was an exciting learning experience. I gained quite a lot from this journey both academically and mentally. Spending several hours every day in pants and long sleeved shirts on mountain bikes and through brambles and thick underbrush is not the easiest thing I have ever done. Despite the physical challenges that this presented though, I woke up each day feeling excited for the day to come.

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Age dating: visiting the University of Alabama

Introduction

Last week my research adviser and I visited the University of Alabama Geology department. Our lab works with them frequently. They have an amazing geochemistry stable isotope lab and very generously allow us to borrow equipment and process samples. It was very interesting to see first hand how my raw samples are processed. The main focus of this trip was to obtain ages and growth rates for several of my oysters. [Read more…]

Summer’s End and the Way Forward

I’m back on campus now, and it feels like a whole new world since I left at the end of summer research just a few weeks ago. The terrace is bustling, neon-shirted OAs are leading parades of new students around, and I don’t have nearly unlimited time to work on my research any more. And how much more there is to do! Although I was able to collect all my leaf samples for the herbivory project this summer, I now have to extract and analyze all the cardenolides in them so I can begin to draw conclusions about herbivory impact on clonal systems of common milkweed. I’m so excited to have concrete data to work with, but it’s definitely going to be a lot tougher to get the work done during the school year when I have so many time commitments! In addition to the herbivory project, we finally have all of our data for the microsatellite project. We are now working on statistical analyses for these data, and preparing the manuscript that they will be presented in! This summer was an incredible experience and look into what life beyond college can be like. I have loved devoting myself to my research and collaborating with my labmates.