– 12.7.2012: Students talks were today for the MERE class at Friday Harbor! The students gave fantastic talks covering a variety of marine species and processes.
– 11.25.2012: A whole year has gone by and we are getting ready for SICB again. Avery Siciliano is talking about the ability of rays to distinguish between the positive and negative poles of an electric field.
– 9.25.2012: Can you believe my good fortune? I am here at Friday Harbor Labs teaching a course for the Autumn quarter. I am very excited for ten whole weeks here at the labs. I am also excited to see the cool research projects the MERE students work on at the labs.
– 11.1.2011: November all ready! Vassar just had it’s first big snow. Time to start thinking about SICB. Avery is presenting a poster on cownose ray schooling, John is talking about intervertebral joint histology, and I am talking about vertebral column bending along the length of the body.
– 9.6. 2011: Another school year is upon us! Welcome to the Vassar Class of 2015! We are getting ready to submit abstracts for the annual SICB meetings. We are also getting ready for the Vassar Undergraduate Summer Research Institute symposium on October 1st. Happy 25 years URSI!
– 7.19. 2011: I am just back from the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Minneapolis, MN. I gave a talk and chaired a session for the American Elasmobranch Society.
– 5.30. 2011: The beginning of summer at Vassar means the beginning of URSI! Avery and I are working together on a couple of projects. Avery trained in the lab during the academic year so she is ready to go! We are going to be looking at swimming kinematics of schooling animals with our collaborators at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Also, we are trying to work on our biomathematical analysis of swimming with our collaborators at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
– 1.20. 2011: John, Candido, and I have returned from the SICB meetings in Salt Lake City. Boy was it cold! It was an exciting meeting for me. Candido presented his poster and I presented my talk. In addition, I was able to plan a symposium with my friend and collaborator Brooke Flammang on Bioinspired designs in experimental biology. It was a great symposium and John was one of our invited speakers.
– 9.26. 2010: What a summer! Candido Diaz, John Long, and I completed some great vertebral column bending experiments. Thanks to MBL for all their wonderful help. We also completed some great experiments looking at in vivo vertebral column strain at Friday Harbor Labs. It was great to be back at FHL and working with Adam Summers, my PhD advisor. These data are all going to be presented at the annual SICB meeting in Salt Lake in Jan 2011!
– 8.27. 2009: Yesterday was a big day. My last dissertation chapter was accepted in Journal of Morphology. Also, I finished collecting data for the big experiment I was working on all of August with my undergraduate researcher Joshua Sturm. I am working up the data now and will be writing a SICB abstract soon.
– 8.10. 2009: Starting some exciting new experiments. Check back soon for some results.
– The new NSF grant starts in September 2009