An index for science & science adjacent notes
Table of Contents
- memory through metamorphosis
- the art of quorum sensing
- unrequired required reading: a list of books for people who care about better science
- long term consequences of fight or flight states
- sounds from space
- the botanical mind
- notes on psychedelics
tldr; of The Science I’ve Done (tm)
Synergistic Effects of Mixed Populations of Sinorhizobium meliloti and Bacillus simplex on Root Infection and Nodulation (2017-2019)
My undergraduate research project had to do with the beneficial relationship between certain soil bacteria and legumes. I somewhat inherited this project and didn’t get to see much of the design at this point in my career, but I had results and data to interpret, which was a huge takeaway
- Some miscellaneous tropical marine ecology work (2017) I didn’t really know what I wanted to do at this point… but I studied abroad in Roatan, Hondouras for a few weeks in the summer learning about reef conservation. I was logging 2-3 dives a day and I had the full scientific identities of over 100 species of fish, cnidarians, and algae memorized. I guess this was my first exposure to fieldwork and ecology.
Reduction of phenolic content in Theobroma Cacao cotyledons by microbial fermentation (2018)
This was a short project I worked on over a 10-week NSF funded experience called an REU which I’d highly reccommend to any undergraduate looking for summer research opportunities. For this project, I basically looked at the effectiveness of the microbial fermentation community in developing the flavor profile of chocolate. This wasn’t a perfect experiement but the intentions were there. This was the first time I had full agency actually designing an experiment and I learned a lot through trial and error. This experience was a nice marriage of field work and bench work and I also got really good at molecular methods during this time.
**Currently: my PhD work doesn’t have a real title right now. But I’m looking at the lung microbiome and how it responds to chronic exposures to dust
It’s a lot and I don’t know 100% what the story is at this point. All I know is that lots of bad dust = respiratory disease = changes in the bacterial community that hangs out in the lung at a given time. When I have more to offer, I’ll add it here.
Things I’m interested in exploring more
- Science communication: SciComm is a big deal in academia, but I believe it’s still missing its target audience. What are the limitations of SciComm and how can we circumnavigate issues of accessibility and appeal?
- Community science and what it takes to normalize open/recreational lab spaces (such as GenSpaceNY)
- Science-art endeavors/residencies (SVABioArt)