Update 2: Learning New Scientific Laboratory Techniques for My Project

Since deciding to change my project, I have been learning a lot in the lab here at the Smithsonian. Dr. Allen Collins has been helping me learn every step of what I will need to do for my project, including trying to identify species from their morphology, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA cleaning, DNA […]

Update 1: Issues with my Old Project and Information on My New Project

Originally my project involved looking at gene expression in the coral species¬†Acropora millepora¬†in response to changes in pH. The coral that I chose to work with is unfortunately one of the most difficult corals to keep alive; I still decided to choose it because there is a lot of research already done on it and […]

Abstract: Identifying Unknown Hydroids from Around the World

There are many organizations around the globe that collect samples from various marine areas, from just off coastal areas to deep tropical reefs. For example, the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) is a Smithsonian organization that seeks to further explore tropical deep reefs that have not yet been thoroughly studied. DROP recently collected several samples […]