Sep
06

Light and fast

This last month we have been largely focusing on trying to calibrate our solar simulator. We have run into some problems, in that the test cell we were using only absorbed in the IR, and our lights were UV. We also faced some difficulties in size, one of our test cells was significantly larger than…
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Sep
05

August Update: Return to campus and prep for research showcase

As I returned to campus and got settled into my classes, I took a brief break from my research to adjust to the workload and my new schedule. Over the course of the last weeks of summer, I worked to locate data sources that will help me answer my research questions. Much of the data…
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Sep
04

Eclogitization in the Lofoten Islands: Thin Section Arrival

My thin sections have finally arrived and the wait is over! I sent off 20 small blocks of rock (each no more than 3 inches by 1 inch and approximately half an inch thick) and they came back to me in the form of microscope slides. I can now view my rocks samples using a…
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Sep
03

Update on Breeding!

We have been breeding birds since the Spring to increase our experiment sample size. Originally, we had pairs in separate cages and monitored their nests twice every week. However, we didn’t have much success with breeding this way. We had gotten some nestlings (chicks in the nest) and fledglings (chicks after they fledge, or leave,…
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Sep
03

Starting School

After taking a bit of time away from my thesis, after starting the first week of classes I am feeling ready to get back into it.