Almost done!

The other day I realized the end of my research this summer was coming to an end rather quickly. It really is just crazy to think about how much work I have done, how much I am still working on for the next week and a half, and also how much I get to continue doing once school gets back in session.

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New Fish

All my time in Dr. Sanderson’s lab, up to this point, I have only been using one fish for my experiments. Yesterday I finally got to cut into a new fish head and do experiments on it. Cutting into a new fish is always a hard decision on make because what you are doing is irreversible, however it is definitely necessary to do if I want to be able to see inside the mouth at how particles are interacting with theses fish’s oral structures.

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Answers Lead to More Questions

This summer I told myself that the most important thing I could do was figure out how to be confused about something because when it comes to research, if questions aren’t asked then you will never fully get the answers that you want.

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Abstract: Filter-feeding fish and their applications

More than 25% of the world’s fish catch consists of filter-feeding fish such as menhaden, anchovies, shad, tilapia and carp. Despite their economic and ecological importance, we largely don’t know how they filter their own food from the water. This summer I will be conducting research in the hopes to further the scientific knowledge of how these fish remove food particles from the water without clogging their entire system. Because there are so many species of fish that make use of filter-feeding, one main goal of my research is to study a fish species, previously not studied by this lab, in order to understand the mechanism in a diversity of fish species.

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Arriving in Perú

(Because of limited internet in Perú I wrote my journal/posts on paper, and am now typing what I wrote during the actual experience.)

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