Welcome to Hands-on Home Science Lab 114 through Varsity Tutors! My name is Dr. Rachel and I am excited to introduce you to some cool topics and conduct a few experiments! From July 6th to July 10th, we will explore topics ranging from genetics to the water cycle in engaging ways. Each day, I will … More Hands-On Home Science Lab (July)
What happens when you bring a plant physiologist into a cave? What about bringing a cave biologist above ground and into the forest? Chances are that both will feel outside of their comfort zone but there is a lot that we can learn from changing perspectives. And this is exactly what my research does. During … More Bridging the surface and subterranean
Teaching. Seminar. Research! Fall 2018 was jam packed. Between teaching Fundamentals of Ecology and running our department’s seminar, I extracted stem water from the trees in my plots above the caves. The water in the stem is representative of the water source of the tree at the time of sampling. Analyzing the oxygen and hydrogen … More Lab work, AGU, and writing!
Wow! Time flies! July and August were a whirlwind. I finished up my summer lab work – DNA analysis on tree roots in Yucatán caves and soil water extractions to investigate the impacts of soil properties and extraction method on soil water. At the beginning of August, I presented my work at the Ecological Society … More July/August Update
Look at those bands!! June began with an incredibly successful PCR test using a new reagent mix that is designed to work efficiently when PCR-inhibiting polysaccharides from plants are present. After many failed tests, seeing this gel light up with amplified DNA was a wonderful feeling to say the least. So I am moving forward … More June 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 … More May Update
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