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Starting School

By • Sep 3rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After taking a bit of time away from my thesis, after starting the first week of classes I am feeling ready to get back into it. Before leaving for the summer, I wrote up a document describing the data that I collected over the summer. This included many figures as well as very preliminary statistical…
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The Final Fish

By • Jul 22nd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In the past, during the school year as well as last summer, the number of fish replicates that I worked with never exceeded 3. This summer Cassie and I were collecting data from 6 different fish! At the beginning of the summer this seemed incredibly daunting and our empty data sheets seemed like too much…
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The Scientific Process

By • Jun 16th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

One of the things you quickly learn about doing your own research is that the very beginning, before you get going on any data collection, is very slow going. Even what seems to be a small, insignificant detail can easily be questioned and you then have to think about how you can make it better…
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Particle Manipulation in Filter-Feeding Fish

By • Apr 11th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

More than 25% of the world’s fish catch consists of filter-feeding fish such as menhaden, anchovies, shad, tilapia and carp. Despite their economic and ecological importance, little is known about how they filter their own food from the water. This summer I will be continuing my research to understand how these fish retain tiny food…
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Almost done!

By • Jul 17th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The other day I realized the end of my research this summer was coming to an end rather quickly. It really is just crazy to think about how much work I have done, how much I am still working on for the next week and a half, and also how much I get to continue […]



New Fish

By • Jul 6th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

All my time in Dr. Sanderson’s lab, up to this point, I have only been using one fish for my experiments. Yesterday I finally got to cut into a new fish head and do experiments on it. Cutting into a new fish is always a hard decision on make because what you are doing is […]



Answers Lead to More Questions

By • Jun 29th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer I told myself that the most important thing I could do was figure out how to be confused about something because when it comes to research, if questions aren’t asked then you will never fully get the answers that you want. Up to this point this summer I have been doing much of […]



Abstract: Filter-feeding fish and their applications

By • Apr 14th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

More than 25% of the world’s fish catch consists of filter-feeding fish such as menhaden, anchovies, shad, tilapia and carp. Despite their economic and ecological importance, we largely don’t know how they filter their own food from the water. This summer I will be conducting research in the hopes to further the scientific knowledge of […]