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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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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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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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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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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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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TLC video made on iMovie

Here is my first attempt at iMovie. Thin Layer Chromatography <- (click on link) Or watch embedded video on the post. Let me know what you think.  

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Originally posted on Pickled Hedgehog Dilemma:
Yes, crocheting really is that important. In case you don’t quite understand why, I’ll start at the beginning. Two women in LA, Margaret Wertheim and her twin sister, were concerned about climate change. If left to continue along its current trajectory, the world’s climate will heat up (even more than it has for…

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Cane Toad Capers and Moral Dilemas

Do our reactions in the moment reveal our true feelings and intentions? Or another way to think about it. When given time to think before we speak, or in the case of my recent experience scream out, will we portray a more refined, and rational version of ourself. My experience this weekend gives a glimpse … Continue reading

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Curves, Sea Water, Sterilization

This week I have been attempting to analyze the growth of one of my species of microalgae. I will make a calibration curve using transmittance (the amount of light that passes through 200 ul of culture) cell counts (exactly what it sounds like very tedious), and dry weight (the mass of the algae after dryer … Continue reading

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