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Where in the Puget Sound is Jake?

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Where in the Puget Sound is Jake?

Summer sampling is in full force and if you want to see what Jake Heare is up to check out is notebook. Each week Jake knocks out oysters and checks out how many little baby oysters are inside these ‘broooders’ The overall goals of this project are to increase our knowledge of local adaptation in Olympia oysters to address concerns that interbreeding between potentially maladapted cultured and wild stocks could negatively impact wild populations. Accordingly, in order to attain these goals, the specific objectives of this proposal are to 1) Evaluate fitness components and...

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Webcast – Epigenetic regulation of environmental response

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Webcast – Epigenetic regulation of environmental response

Tune in Wednesday at 1pm (or later) to see Mackenzie defend her thesis entitled “Epigenetic regulation of environmental response in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas.” More information available at  eagle.fish.washington.edu/mac  

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Hackathon with GEMS

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Hackathon with GEMS

Mackenzie Gavery helps put on a Hackathon with the middle school girls at GEMS. They wrote code for making various patterns of stacked cups. A little buggy, but overall they did awesome!  For this activity one girl was the ‘robot’ and went to a different area of the room while the other girls coded. They had 6 different commands and they were given images of patterns of stacked cups. When they were done writing the code, the robot would come over and read the code to build the pattern.. sometimes it took a little debugging to get it right After a few simple patterns they...

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Genomics on the Half Shell: Making Science more Open

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Genomics on the Half Shell: Making Science more Open

“In our research we leverage several computing infrastructure solutions that I will describe. In addition, our lab practices Open Notebook Science. I will describe the practical aspects of how we accomplish this including addressing some of the concerns and realized advantages. Beyond online lab notebooks, we are continually experimenting with different ways to use online resources to engage with a larger audience and improve science communication.”   More information is available...

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Ocean Acidification Research Highlights

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Ocean Acidification Research Highlights

With our lab’s focus on the physiological response of marine organisms to environmental change we have considerable interest in how changes in ocean chemistry impacts biology. Our efforts on this front can be categorized into 1) the organismal response to acute elevated carbon dioxide exposure and 2) the population level impact, which will be strongly influenced by local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity. While our research often integrates the impact at all levels, research highlights are outlined below based on these two biological levels. In addition to the research carried out by...

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DNA methylation plays a complex role in regulating genome activity

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DNA methylation plays a complex role in regulating genome activity

Mackenzie Gavery’s new paper on DNA methylation and gene expression in oysters is out in PeerJ. Abstract: Characterization of DNA methylation patterns in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, indicates that this epigenetic mechanism plays an important functional role in gene regulation and may be involved in the regulation of developmental processes and environmental responses. However, previous studies have been limited to in silico analyses or characterization of DNA methylation at the single gene level. Here, we have employed a genome-wide approach to gain insight into how DNA...

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