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July 7, 2020 – I’ve finally made it back to Friday Harbor Labs! I’ll be in quarantine for a few days until I get a COVID test, then it’s hopefully going to be all lab and field work. We’ll be diving for seastars, conducting feeding trials, and monitoring kelp forests!

May 4, 2020 – Tomorrow (May 5th) I’ll be watching a webinar by John Muir Laws about making a maintaining a nature journal! You can find his calendar of events here.

April 3, 2020 – Well, it’s been a very productive (and crazy) several months. I’m now in quarantine working hard to use the OpenChrom software package to analyze fatty acid molecular data collected from Antarctic seaweeds.

January 27, 2020 – I have officially passed my PhD Proposal Defense and am one step closer to PhD Candidacy!

January 10, 2020 – Today is my first full day at the Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC). For the next three months I’ll be working with the CMLC to design an interactive exhibit on research at OIMB.

November 25, 2019 – Today I went to Port Orford, OR with the Marine Conservation class from OIMB to check out the Port Orford Field Station. We learned a lot about the Oregon Marine Reserves and Port Orford Sustainable Seafood.

October 23, 2019 – I traveled to Newport, Oregon today to present my research proposal on subtidal algal communities to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

October 11, 2019 – Today I was able to return to my alma mater, the University of British Columbia, to deliver an invited talk about my experiences in Antarctica.

October 6, 2019 – This week I’ll be in beautiful British Columbia for the AAUS/CAUS Joint Symposium! Looking forward to meeting up with other scientific diving professionals from all around the world.

October 1, 2019 – I’m looking forward to my first dives this week with ODFW as a member of their Oregon Marine Reserves dive monitoring team!

September 20, 2019 – Today my lab mate Julie Schram and I got the chance to talk to students at North Bend High School about our experiences in Antarctica. It was great to see so many people take their lunch hour to join us!

September 4, 2019 – Tomorrow I’ll be boarding the RV Oceanus to participate in a weekend field campaign to explore the deep ocean off Oregon’s Coast. No internet onboard, but expect some great deep-sea critter photos when I return!

July 31, 2019 – This week I’m off to Friday Harbor Labs with collaborators Sara Hamilton and Reyn Yoshioka to install the second Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN) site in the San Juan Islands.

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Every month I’ll post an exciting open-source paper related to marine ecology. I’ll also post a work of speculative fiction to keep the creative juices flowing….

And the paper and story for August 2020 are:

Specific dynamic action in the sunflower star, Pycnopodia helianthoides by McGaw & Twitichit
What is specific dynamic action? It’s the metabolic cost of consuming food! Using O2 uptake and some really fun imaging, we are learning about what it takes for a Pycno to chow down.

How to Build a Unicorn by AJ Fitzwater
If you ever wanted a unicorn, and sweet revenge, here’s how you get them.

See previous papers and stories of the month