Back from SICB already! As always, SICB was a great week of amazing people doing amazing science. Highlights included a talk in which 3D glasses were put on cuttlefish, and the aplacophoran mini-symposium resulting from Meghan and Kevin giving back-to-back talks.
I presented both a talk on the chiton genome and a poster on chiton radular physiology... on the same day! Which means by 5:30pm on the 5th, I was functionally mute. Wonderful feedback from a supportive scientific community strengthened both projects.
Now I'm back, eager to work toward publishing both, and really genuinely excited about what the future holds.
Science is at its best a group of nerds trying to figure out this crazy world around us. Missing my SICB family already.
Just got back from Monterey, California, where I presented an invited talk in a Utility of Molluscan Genomics session about the genome of my chiton, now approaching publication. And I won a Best Student Talk Award! I'm so excited to see the future of this work in light of the amazing comments from other malacologists!
For the past two weeks, I've been up at the University of South Carolina, visiting collaborators Dan Speiser and Alex Kingston. We had a phenomenal time further exploring the radula, and I can't wait to share what we found. Can't wait. Keeping the excitement properly controlled is difficult.
I wrote many pages, answered many questions, and drew many diagrams, but I can now say that I am a PhD candidate. I don't have a cute picture to go with this, so here's a cool set of chiton valves instead. I used this set as a fidgeting tool as I studied- nothing like a chiton jigsaw puzzle to give your hands something to do!