Archive for January, 2013

 

New Ocean Inspired Technology

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One of the coolest technological advances that I have heard about had to do with jellyfish inspired tentacles that capture cancer cells. These tiny strands of DNA that are like jellyfish tentacles can grab and hold on to tumor cells that are in the blood stream. The device can be used to both count the […]

Undergrad Research

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Fall 2009- Right off the bat I applied for a paid research assistant job in the Neiman Lab at the University of Iowa. Little did I know, it was the opportunity of a lifetime and I quickly gained more interest in research in the biological field. We studied Potamopyrgus antipodarum, or the New Zealand Mud […]

A Cold Water Killer

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Before I came to the University of Hawaii, I was researching the habitat use and behavior of an active top predator, the salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) in the North Pacific Ocean. Salmon sharks have a widespread geographic distribution. Some travel large distances as they make seasonal migrations from Alaska all the way down to Baja […]

Embers from the past light the way to our future

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Many of today’s environmental problems can be attributed to a history of poor resource management, often following western attitudes that regard resources as bottomless and separate from people. This very short-sighted view has led to the practice of using up resources very quickly in great waste without much thought for future use or environmental casualties. […]

Sometimes the Corals Fight Back

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During my semester abroad, I had the pleasure of scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. Not only was it one of the most humbling experiences of my life, it was also intellectually stimulating. The corals on the reef are very densely packed together in what could be described as “forests” of corals. Although the reefs […]