Saturday, April 19, 2008

Algae week

Today was the last day of algae and many of us are happy to see the weekend. We had our lecture exam at 10 a.m. and our lab practical at 2 p.m. Both tests weren't as bad as many of us expected and a bunch of us are going to sushi tonight and to a musical based on Animal House on Sunday.

Since we were so busy studying for the exams, we weren't able to post the pictures from our field trip to Seal Rock on Wednesday. We were there for about 3 hours and Annette split us up into groups and had us specialize on certain algae groups. We were basically supposed to become experts of our algae and then teach it to the rest of the students.

Since we've been focusing on algae this week, we thought it would be a good idea to give a little review to those of you who are reading this blog.

This is Pelvetiopsis limitata and is found normally next to Fucus distichus, another species of algae that is very similar except for the presence of a midrib.

This is Mastocarpus jardinii and we found it at Seal Rock. We also found Mastocarpus papillatus.

This was our last week with Margot and we are very sad to see her go. She has been amazing and so patient while we have been slowly learning invertebrates and algae. She was really amazing this week when we were keying algal species out in the lab.

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