As another member of Haverford College’s HKW Lab, I’d like to share with you a little about my summer at WHOI. Just as both Maxwell and Carolyn have presented, here is a picture of what Woods Hole, Massachusetts looks like. You can say that it looks ver similar to Maine and Rhode Island, but you can also say a lot of things that may or may not be correct.
This summer, I am a guest student in Liz Kujawinski’s lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution using FT-ICR-MS to characterize petroleum, with emphasis on the compounds in the fully water-soluble fraction. In addition, I am working with both Rachel Simister (The HKW Lab Post-Doc, see picture below) and Yina Liu (The Kuj Lab Post-Doc) on an incubation experiment that combines metagenomics, metabolomics, and analytical chemistry. I am also maintaining my post as the most influential member of the WHOI for-fun softball league (as I said, this blog gives me the creative license to say a lot of things). I’ve been able to work on the sacred DWH spill plume samples that were hidden in the basement freezer, and I was even able to work with Yina to make our own version of seawater+dissolved oil! This, my (F)riends, includes a lot of programming on matlab and even more batting practice (see: star player).
Anyway, I am having a lot of (sciency) fun at WHOI, and I am loving it. The facilities are awesome, I am really enjoying everything I am learning, all of the researchers are extremely helpful, and I am very motivated for thesis when I get back. I also really enjoy the fire pit on the Shore Lab beach. The sailing of Hobie Cats (that are definitely not mine) and the paddleboarding are some of the fun things that I like to do when there is daylight (see: 12 hour filtration)(also see: it is awesome here).
- Shelby Lyons ’15