These past few weeks, I have been busy helping with a medley of different projects around the lab. I have been assisting with one of Dr. Gosnell's oyster aquaculture projects, in which he is testing the non-consumptive effects of blue crabs and king conchs on oyster growth with different periods of exposure to the predators. The project has been running for almost a month now, and, last week, we removed the first half of oysters from each of the cages to measure their growth. With 20 oysters removed from each of the 52 cages in the experiment, we have been pretty busy measuring and weighing. In addition to assisting with the oyster projects, I have been working on a digital guide to the sessile invertebrates of the hardbottom reefs in this region. So far I have been assembling a collection of photos and information related to the corals and sponges of the reefs. Next, I plan to start on the tunicates, bryozoans, and mollusks. Although this is the last week I will physically be at the lab, I hope to continue working on some of these projects or to at least keep up with their progress.
Emily Goetz, Florida State University