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Temperamental snails and crazy hours:

By • May 15th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  In the final few weeks of the semester snails began laying rapidly once exposed to the increased temperatures inside our lab which is kept at approximately 23 degrees Celsius. However, snail laying occurred so rapidly in the first couple of days that I was not able to test the effects of mudsnails on substrate […]

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Thesis=Defended

By • Apr 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Today I concluded the longest research project I’ve ever worked on. Over the past year I’ve learned and matured through this project. Additionally, this project has catalyzed my academic career, as I am pursuing a PhD this coming fall! In summary from my study on the light limitation of eelgrass by mud snail egg capsules…
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Research in the 11th hour: Snail Collecting and Egg Laying

By • Apr 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  With my student research grant I set out to test the inhibitory effects of mud snails on eelgrass in the context of climate change. Specifically, I wanted to see if mud snails change their oviposition preferences with increasing temperature. Two weeks ago my advisor and I went to Cape Charles on the eastern shore […]

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March Update: T-minus 30 Days

By • Mar 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

During the past month I have made continuous progress on my thesis and I hope to have a complete draft ready to review by this upcoming Friday. In addition to writing, I’ve in parallel been collecting data on the last few pet projects of mine to support my thesis. Specifically, I’ve been measuring the light…
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Honors Blog 11: Writing and Replication

By • Mar 1st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past month I’ve primarily focused on assembling my honors committee, writing the methods and results sections of my thesis, and preparing for some supplementary experiments. Specifically I plan on using the Light Attenuation Measurement Apparatus to measure how much photosynthetically active radiation mud snail egg capsules block. I plan on measuring how egg…
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Honors Blog 10: Beginning The Write Up

By • Feb 10th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Now that I’m back in Williamsburg it is time to put my nose to the grindstone and write up my honors thesis and carry out a few supplementary experiments to my thesis. My advisor and I have laid out an action plan through which I will write up my thesis in a non-linear order beginning…
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Honors Blog Post 9: More Stats

By • Dec 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past month I’ve worked primarily on repeating statistical tests that my advisor and I performed in SPSS in R. I also began writing the methods for the portion of my experiments in which we tested how much light egg capsules block. I believe we will do some follow up experiments in the spring…
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Honors Blog Post 8: Modeling and Meetings

By • Dec 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past month I drafted a grant proposal to the Charles center to investigate an accompanying question to my study: what are the effects of temperature on mud snail mating? Determining the underlying mechanisms controlling mud snail laying may help to inform eelgrass restoration projects about the best time to transplant eelgrass. Additionally I…
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Honors Post 7: Data Munging

By • Oct 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As within DNA a frame shift error can have large and often detrimental effects on a data table. I experienced this first hand at the beginning of the month when I incorrectly entered data and spent time analyzing it. Needless to say, this error resulted in some strange trends in the data. As modelers say:…
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Blog Post 6: Halfway there!

By • Sep 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty” -John Finley   The past month has been defined by uncertainty: both in the form of grad school induced existential dread and quantifying the uncertainty of my summer data. My two main goals of the past month have been to answer the following questions:   What…
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