This grant will cover laboratory expenses for an expansion of my project looking at the mineralization of the radula in chitons. Specifically, it will enable me to compare transcriptomes from the radulae of four additional species, all from the West Coast.
The Pacific Northwest is a haven of chiton diversity, with some beautiful species! I'll be able to use samples collected at Friday Harbor Laboratories to learn more about what in this process is conserved between even very unrelated chiton species.
And now, I have some RNA extractions to do!