Well it happened. Last Wednesday class officially kicked off at TAMUCC. It’s an interesting time here, just like every other university I’m sure, where the population in the parking lots around campus seems to grow exponentially to include what appears to be the entire city! This semester I’m in a total of 4 classes (somewhat more than future semesters), and TAing 2 undergraduate labs (one intro bio and one microbio). It looks like it will be a good, yet extraordinarily busy semester and it definitely feels a bit like I’ve been thrown in the deep end with the labs, but learning on the job is the best way to learn anything so bring it on!
As far as the research goes I just had a poster accepted to the GCFI conference to be held in Corpus Christi in November presenting some of the work we did in Belize.We’re also starting to do some practice DNA extractions, of the lionfish we collected, to iron out any kinks in the process before going full tilt with 96 well plates. I also very recently finished up data collection from a project I’ve been working on since I was in The Bahamas (over 2 years ago now) so soon I’ll be able to start analysing that data as well (more on the project in another post). So yes very busy lately so sorry for the short post but everything is happily moving along.