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Apr. 10th, 2011 | 09:40 pm

This is a forward-dated post that stays at the beginning of my journal.

I created this as primarily as a journal for myself, secondarily for friends to read. So don't expect interesting things all time; my life is the life of a full-time student at the moment, though I do have adventures every now and then and try to make my life interesting.

I have the intentions of posting on here regularly as a way to start journaling again. The point of this isn't to have lots of friends, just friends that I wouldn't mind reading my journal.

Also, some of my  posts are friends-only, so leave me a comment and I'll add you as friend.

Thanks for reading.

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fish, fish, and more fish!

Feb. 24th, 2010 | 08:32 pm
mood: amusedamused

First of all, alizara , today's Something Positive made me think of you.

Second of all, I put up another research blog, with pics.  Yesterday, while sorting fish, I came across a pipefish!  They are in the same family as seahorses, which i love.  Like love love.

I looked up the Wikipedia article (yeah, I know, Wikipedia) on seahorses, and found something that made me giggle:

"Throughout the male’s incubation, his mate visits him daily for “morning greetings”. The female seahorse swims over for about 6 minutes of interaction reminiscent of courtship. They change color, wheel around sea grass fronds, and finally promenade, holding each other’s tails. Then, the female swims away until the next morning, and the male goes back to vacuuming up food through his snout."
So the way seahorses feed makes me giggle anyway, and I just found these lines funny.  Slurp, slurp:


hehehehehe.  So awesome!  I'd really like to know more about their jaws -- it would be something to ask Dr. Francis, because his speciality is fish jaws, particularly those of flatfish, but he'd probably know something about them.  Their family name -- Syngnathidae -- means "jaws together" -- their jaws are fused.  I know that much, but I'd like to know more about the condition.  Like, ok, they use suction feeding, but most fish who use suction feeding exhibit protrusibility in their maxilla and mandible.  But seahorses don't have that -- so how do they generate the suction to feed?

Things are still going well.  I had a Physics test today, and I think I actually did pretty well on it.  I have a major lab report due Friday that I should be working on, but, meh, I wanted to write about seahorses.  They make me happy.

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more research blogging

Feb. 19th, 2010 | 12:05 pm

Brought to you by the letters "E" and "A"

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Feb. 9th, 2010 | 08:50 pm

I. . . am happy with my life right now. It's a something that hasn't happened in a good long while. Amazing.

I am assisting with a professor's research for credit. Right now I'm his only research assistant, which makes me feel like it's a really big deal and I feel really honored that he took me on. It is on the same project I've been doing field work for, but now will do that more regularly with some additional responsibilities. I'm pretty stoked about it. It is really good to feel not useless. I'm contributing to some actual research.

I'm really happy with and challenged by my classes. I got an A on my first Physics test, and have a test in my invasive species class tomorrow. Which I am now going to go study for.

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Feb. 2nd, 2010 | 09:38 pm

Manatee, Manatee Springs State Park, Florida, January 2010

So I know that it isn't the best picture in the world, but it was pretty hard to get a good picture of it.  What is it?  Trichechus manatus latirostris, the Florida subspecies of the West Indian Manatee.  It was the first one I had ever seen!!  I was very excited to see it, since I was completely obsessed with manatees in elementary and middle school.  In a way, they were my first introduction to being passionate about something science-related.  And, until January, I hadn't ever seen one!  This was taken at Manatee Springs State Park, where I camped in January.  Pretty awesome.  It surprised me that they were pretty silent breathers, unlike dolphins (and other cetaceans), who one can here from a good distance away,  Heck, I've heard humpback whales down in a bay while I was climbing a mountain above.  It also surprised me how tiny their heads looked from my viewpoint out of the water.  I also saw two more manatees, a mother and a calf.  It was a pretty neat experience.

Horseshoe crabs don't usually get much love.

I thought this combination of signs at the beach in Cedar Key, FL was pretty awesome.  Horseshoe crabs don't usually get much love, so letting the public know not to disturb them is something that I appreciate.  They aren't cute and cuddly, like birds can be, and can be a little scary when you first look at them, but they're really harmless.  And absolutely fascinating!  Blue blood -- that's pretty cool.  Like many other crustaceans, these "crabs" have hemocyanin (contains copper), not hemoglobin (contains iron), in their blood.

But my life right now is full of classes, and most of the material covered therein is pretty cool stuff.  For example, I'm doing a research paper on haloarchaea, archaea that require a very high concentration of salt to grow.  I settled on this because I found this completely freaking mind-blowing journal article:

Occurrence of Halococcus spp. in the nostrils salt glands of the seabird Calonectris diomedea

Whoa!  Archaea that colonize the salt glands of a migratory species, possibly explaining the "distribution of haloarchaea through the Earth's surface"!!!!!  How awesomely amazing is that?

Back to work!  Or maybe I should go home.  I have to get up early tomorrow morning.

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Zoology + Banding Season = Exhaustion

Oct. 4th, 2009 | 11:11 pm

But banding season is here! And it was the first day today! Yay! Since I live in Savannah now, I'm not going to make it out there every day, but my fall break is next week. I'll probably get to band 6 out of the 14 days they are open.

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Sep. 28th, 2009 | 11:38 pm

You know, as I get older, I'm afraid I'm exchanging a higher frequency of idiotic acts with ones that are exponentially more mortifying.

Has anyone else found this to be true?

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Aug. 24th, 2009 | 08:56 am

No, I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth. An, um, mishap on the plane from ANC to ATL has left me without a working computer and posting from th iPhone (as I'm doing now) is too much of a pain inthe ass to do more than write a few sentences.

The remainder of my visit to AK was good. We did end up catching two more saw-whets (and something else, but I'll write an entry on that layer).

Started a new semester. Taking Vertebrate Zoology, Mammalian Physiology, Cell Biology, and a history class.

It always takes me a couple of weeks to recover from a trip to Homer to visit Jason. It's the one place where I feel unconditionally at home.

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Rough Characters

Aug. 7th, 2009 | 03:58 am
location: Homer, Alaska

Writing this between net runs again.  We'll be camping the next couple of nights, so no owls.

Remember the "rough characters"  I was telling you about?  Well, we bought more peanuts, so he wouldn't hate us.
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Goodness, I'm tired.  I might go to bed now, J will wake me up if there's an owl in the nets.

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Aug. 6th, 2009 | 08:14 pm
location: Homer, Alaska

Say hello to my little friend:Eeeeee! Pics of the Boreal Owl!!!!!!Collapse )

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