May Update

I cannot believe it is already May! 2018 is flying by…

I am gearing up for a summer of lab work – sequencing DNA from roots collected in Yucatán caves, processing stems and leaves for stable isotopes, and working on an additional study investigating the influence of soil properties on water isotope values.

I have been troubleshooting issues with DNA amplification via PCR (polymerase chain reactions) for the past couple months. However, I recently had a few successful results so there is light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, I am organizing roots based on their morphology and am documenting the striking differences among the groups.

In addition, my department’s Graduate Student Association just hosted a workshop on R/R Studio so I am looking forward to using those skills to make high quality graphics for upcoming presentations and future publications.

For now, I am eager to analyze samples and continue to see the data come in.



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