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the lab together

the lab together

As a lab, we rarely are all assembled in the same place: usually, at least a few of us are off in the field. This week marks the end of a brief period of togetherness, as Angie and Virginia have returned from the field, and Robin and I have not yet left. This provided an interesting opportunity last week when Andy Gonzalez, from McGill university, asked us “What serves as the overall theoretical framework for all the work in your…

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The Adventure in Cardoso!

The Adventure in Cardoso!

In today’s lab meeting Robin and I did a little slideshow of our time in Cardoso.  No-one seemed to mind that it was pictures and anecdotes with very little science.  Though, we did describe our experiments and talked about our experiences.  Hopefully it’s useful as Angélica prepares for her own tropical field work!

The Cardoso Island Song

The Cardoso Island Song

While Robin, Alathea and I were living on Cardoso Island (in Brazil) with Paula, Fish and Tiago, we came up with this little song to describe our experience.  It describes the research projects of each PhD student, salutes our wonderful field assistants, and pays tribute to the wonderful, fly-infested island of Cardoso. enjoy! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8D31-wyPqY]

An inordinate fondness for side-experiments

An inordinate fondness for side-experiments

Inspired partly by the work of Cam Webb, Marc Cadotte, my former advisor Peter Kotanen, not to mention our own Nathan Kraft, I’ve been interested in studying the use of evolutionary history (phylogeny) in community ecology for quite some time.  On one hand, understanding the relationships between organisms sometimes helps to predict their ecology, because phylogeny can correlate with ecologically relevant traits (some of which may be hard to measure). On the other hand, knowing how species interact in a…

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T-RFLP

T-RFLP

not JUST a random collection of letters! Months ago, a Dr. Suttle of the Suttle lab (a lab on campus that seems to focus a lot on the ‘metagenomics of viruses’ and other such things) gave a talk about the role viruses play in determining ecosystem functioning in the global ocean. After the talk I was curious so I did some googling – sure enough, nobody knows anything really about the microbe communities of bromeliads. The closest thing was the…

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