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So Long, Farewell, Good-Bye

It’s hard to believe these 10 weeks are coming to an end. I’ve learned so much and have met so many wonderful people. My research has yielded some very exciting results. The DON which some research assumes to be refractory turned

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Organic matter and grain size comparisons in river sediments: Final thoughts

I cannot believe the REU program is almost over and we leave on Friday! I’m really going to miss all of the REUs and the other people I have met here at UTMSI, as well as living right on the

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Incubation procedure and nutrient analysis: Update

The past several weeks have been very exciting! As soon as we collected the seawater samples I was working in the lab and following protocol. The incubation and associated harvesting time points have all been on schedule and we even

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Reconstructing genomes of hydrocarbon degrading microbes

We are now roughly halfway through our research projects here at UTMSI and things are coming together quite well.  Over the past few weeks I have been attempting to isolate near complete genomes of organisms from microbial communities that are involved

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Analyzing Oscillic Zone Sediments: Update

Wow, these past weeks have been crazy and exciting! The Hardison and McClelland labs have been bustling with activity. Two weeks ago we journeyed into Tropical Storm Bill to collect sediment cores from the Mission River. Sopping wet but satisfied

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Buoyancy in diatoms

Hi, my name is Eduardo Perez Vega. I am currently obtaining a bachelors degree in general biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón campus. My main interest in marine science is studying plankton; as part of the REU program

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Plankton and oil spills

Hi everyone! My name is Chris Payne, and I am a rising junior at Boston University studying Marine Science. This summer I am interning at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute as an REU student. As an REU student,

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Climate records in bivalves

Hello, my name is Erin Hord and I am going to be a junior at Wittenberg University, which is in Springfield, Ohio. I am pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Marine Science. This summer, I am thrilled

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N15-Alanine Experiment: Introduction

                Hello everyone! My name is Alex Bianco and I am undergraduate student pursuing a degree in oceanography from Humboldt State University. Over the next two months I’ll be working together with Dr.

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Oil-consuming microbes

Welcome!  My name is John A Donaho and I am a U.S. Marine Corps veteran currently pursuing a B.S. in Biology at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.  This summer I have the opportunity to work with Dr. Brett Baker studying

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