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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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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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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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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The Australian Institute of Marine Science

Today I was fortunate to visit the The Australian Institute of Marine Science. I was amazed at all the research that is being done on issues pertaining to the Great Barrier Reef, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Ecology, and Monitoring just to name a few. The facility was beautiful and I want to share some highlights from our visit today. … Continue reading

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Navy’s green fleet and biofuels from algae.

The Guardian published an article on Monday US Navy’s ‘great green fleet’ sets sail for Pacific. “A US Navy oiler slipped away from a fuel depot on the Puget Sound in Washington state last week, headed toward the central Pacific and into the storm over the Pentagon’s controversial green fuels initiative. In its tanks, the USNS … Continue reading

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Fluorescence. Glow in the dark science.

There has been a lot of attention on fluorescent proteins lately. Yesterday the NY times featured an article in the Scientist at Work column about, “The Holy Grail of Fluorescent Proteins.”  In the article it makes note of one of the first fluorescent proteins, the green fluorescent protein (GFP), which was first extracted from jelly fish … Continue reading

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Deadly encounters and natures beauty

Sometimes while I am here I am caught up in the new sights (wallabies), smells (eucalyptus), and sounds (cockatoos which by the way is a very unpleasant sound). Other times I feel like danger is lurking around every corner. Often when I tell someone I saw a snake on my hike today they will reply, … Continue reading

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Lab Day 2; Jet Lag?

I woke up at 4:00am again today. I was wide awake so I decided to read. I’m reading Ignorance How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein. I like how the book frames science as creating questions that are yet to be answered, rather than the accumulation of knowledge. The chapter starts out,  “Is there anything … Continue reading

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