Getting Deep into DEEPEND Processing

Two of our graduate and four of our undergraduate students completed the processing for the third DEEPEND cruise! Team DEEPEND completed the processing of 300 individual shrimp specimens in a record time of 3 days! They were incredibly systematic: half of the team distributed the preserved shrimp into petri dishes, recorded carapace length and mass, and entered all the trawl and net data into the database. The other half delicately extracted all of the tail muscle tissue. Processing involves the extraction of tissue where it will later be utilized in the extraction of DNA. This will be used to study the connectivity of crustacean populations in the Gulf of Mexico to study the impact of the

Intern spotlight: Lauren Ramos

My name is Lauren Ramos and I am an undergraduate research assistant in the Bracken-Grissom lab. I have been involved in the lab since Fall 2014 and in my time I have been involved in two projects. The first project focused on Caribbean Caridean Shrimp (CCS) species that are endemic to anchialine environments on the Bahamian island of San Salvador. The second project focuses on my involvement with project DEEPEND (Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico). Project: CCS Fall 2014 - Spring 2016 [endif]--I started being an intern for the Bracken-Grissom lab after I was recruited from Heather’s Invertebrate Zoology course. Initially, I was learning how to digest tissue and extract DNA

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