If only I were FAMEous

I’m not referring to having everyone know my name. I have no aspirations for this. I’m a high school teacher after all, and I love my job. The FAME I’m talking about today is Fatty Acid Methyl Ester, and it is the procedure that made me giddy with data on my final two days in … Continue reading

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Precision syringe to extract hexane layer (containing hydrophobic compounds ie lipids, and pigments)

Total Lipids

Yes you read the title correctly. Today’s lab post is about lipids (fats). More specifically what percent of the total biomass of algae I cultured is lipid? I have been culturing 6 one liter bottle of algae for about 5 weeks. I harvested them Monday and the total biomass was about 0.2000 g for one … Continue reading

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Sailing away from Pioneer bay.

Good Bye Island Paradise.

This weekend was my penultimate weekend in Australia. Monday morning I woke up on Orpheus Island, after three solid days of adventures. You can read about my previous days on the island at these pervious blog posts. Day 3: BRING ON THE SNORKELING Day 2: I CAN GET USED TO ISLAND LIVING Day 1: PINCH ME NOW I MUST BE DREAMING … Continue reading

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View of rocky bay.

Bring on the Snorkeling

Orpheus Island is located within the Palm Island Group on the Great Barrier Reef, situated 120 km north of Townsville and 220 km south of Cairns. Located 23 km (16 nautical miles) east of the mainland coast from Lucinda, North Queensland, Australia, Orpheus Island is in the northern end of the Palm Island group. I … Continue reading

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Crabs scurried sideways in the fleeting rainbows of the sea spray.

I Can Get Used To Island Living.

As I wrote in my previous post, “Pinch Me Now I Must Be Dreaming” I am staying on Orpheus Island for 4 days (3 nights), and volunteering to do tasks around the island. This post focuses on my experiences from day 2. Saturday Morning I woke up to the sounds of cockatoos and and other … Continue reading

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The boat ride over Friday Afternoon.

Pinch Me Now I Must Be Dreaming.

Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time. Is it luck? My dad would say, “luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” Well this weekend I had an amazing opportunity, and I don’t think anything could have prepared me for this experience. As you may or may not know I am in Queensland … Continue reading

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The labels on my caps rubbed off when I vortex the falcon tube. Oooopppsss.

What (not) to do in the lab.

This list is a compilation of my own, and other researchers “learning experiences.” I have been thinking a lot about science education. I guess I’m always thinking about science education since I am a biology teacher, and I am in the midst of an amazing summer research experience in Australia. My current thoughts on learning … Continue reading

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Holding a koala is a little misleading. I was a tree and he was holding me. (It was really awesome by the way)

Not So Creepy Crawlies…

I wrote yesterday in my post “From Beautiful to Terrifying” about some of my adventures on Maggie Island at Koala Village this weekend. If you are ever in Townsville, Queensland, Australia make time to visit Maggie island. I wanted to pack a picnic so I stopped at the farmers market to get some fruit. I picked … Continue reading

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An hour before sunset on Horseshoe bay.

From Beautiful to Terrifying.

Yesterday I spent the day on Maggie Island in the Coral Sea off the coast of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Over half of Maggie Island is National Park and it lies in the the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. As I was riding the ferry over I thought to myself this is going to be one of … Continue reading

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I'm holding about 4-5 liters of filtered sea water. More than enough space to sustain more micro algae than the population of the world!

It’s all a matter of perspective.

Before I go into the details of what I’ve been looking at I wanted to give you some perspective. If the human race were my micro algae experiment, stick with me for a second, the entire world would fit in about 4.5 liters of filtered sea water. With some serious help from K we were … Continue reading

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