My first first-author publication was recently accepted into Marine Drugs, a peer-reviewed open access journal that broadly explores how marine natural products can be used as therapeutic agents, including for drug discovery and other biotechnology applications. In our study, we reported, for the first time, the venom-like gene profiles of four species of tube anemones…… Continue reading Publication Overview: Four Cerianthid Venoms!
I’ll be honest, when I started graduate school two years ago I believed I was “bad” at social media. I was inconsistent at best with platforms like Facebook and Snapchat, and I had no desire to learn about networking websites like LinkedIn. Anyway, platforms like Instagram and Twitter would just be distractions, right? That being…… Continue reading How Twitter has helped me in graduate school
As the winter chill is setting in around Lawrence, a few annual outreach events have come and gone. As co-chairs of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Outreach Committee this year, I try to participate in as many events as possible. And of course, it is hard to pass up the chance to talk to folks about…… Continue reading Spooky Science and Girl Scout Expo!
For my first conference in graduate school, I went international! The European Evolutionary and Developmental Biology Conference 2018 took place in Galway, Ireland, and included a Cnidaria Satellite Meeting before the main conference. It was at this satellite meeting where I would give my first talk. About 50-60 graduate students and lab heads from cnidarian… Continue reading EuroEvoDevo 2018
I had the opportunity for a little "working" vacation back in Ohio. And by working, I of course mean hardcore creeking. For science. When biologists or naturalists are asked how they got into their field, the stereotype is they spent a lot of time outside as a kid, playing with creepy crawlies on the ground… Continue reading Fieldwork Evolution
At least I am pretty sure it is, took me a majority of the day to figure out how to get this blog put together. But fingers crossed it worked. Probably best to say up front I have never really had a life-long desire to start a blog, least not one that was somewhat personal.…… Continue reading My first post!