RNA

26 Hours on the Marsh — November edition

Associate Professor Aron Stubbins led a 26 hour sampling program on the marsh. The team, including Thais Bittar, Robert Spencer, Zachary Tait, Megan Thompson, Alison Buchan, and Drew Steen, spent the day and night monitoring a day in the life of the microbes, gases and organic carbon molecules that form the biogeochemical milieu of the… Read more »

 

UGA Skidaway Institute researchers complete ‘26 Hours on the Marsh’

Pitching a tent in the woods and fighting off mosquitos may not sound like logistics of a typical oceanography experiment, but that is how researchers at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography completed an intensive, round-the-clock sampling regimen this month. The project, dubbed “26 Hours on the Marsh” was designed to investigate how… Read more »

 

Barrow — Jan 16

16 Jan 2012 Ice conditions are still unstable.  Our UMIAQ support team spent the morning doing reconnaissance of our intended sampling sites. After yesterday’s efforts they suggested that since it might be dangerous, it wasn’t a good idea for anyone on the science team to accompany them. Because the ice is still forming and the… Read more »

 

Sunday 1 May 2011 – Last Lab Day

Today was our last full lab day and the beginning of the end for this trip. After breakfast in the cafeteria, Zac and I began to purify bacterial messenger RNA (mRNA) from the water we had filtered yesterday. mRNA is the molecule that acts as the intermediate between DNA and proteins. All the information necessary… Read more »

 

Friday April 29, 2011 – Moving Ice Camp

Today was another lab day, and although our special pipettes still hadn’t arrived we felt we had to go ahead and process our RNA samples.  During our first trip to Barrow last spring we had experimented with holding these samples until we got home before processing them. The results were not good, and so we… Read more »

 

Wed 27 April 2011 – Lab Day

After yesterday’s first day on the ice, today was supposed to have been spent processing all the samples we collected.  However, we forgot our special set of RNA-only pipettes and are still waiting for the set that Victoria sent by Fed-X. We have a back-up set available, but we are concerned that sometime in their… Read more »

 

Wed 27 April 2011 – Lab Day

After yesterday’s first day on the ice, today was supposed to have been spent processing all the samples we collected.  However, we forgot our special set of RNA-only pipettes and are still waiting for the set that Victoria sent by Fed-X. We have a back-up set available, but we are concerned that sometime in their… Read more »

 

Packing Up – January 31, 2011

With all our samples collected today was spent processing samples and starting the long process of packing up the labs. First, the two male students (Steve and Zac) hosted a pancake breakfast at their hut. They earned major brownie points is all I can say. Besides it being an excellent meal, it was nice to… Read more »

 

Happy Birthday Lollie – January 27, 2011

Dr. Marc Frischer continues his blog postings on his current research expedition to Barrow, Alaska. Day 6 into our trip, just past the mid-point. After spending most of the day in the lab, the first set of RNA samples have been processed and are awaiting shipment back to Skidaway. One of the primary goals of… Read more »