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Any way, it was good practice to introduce my research to fellow science-minded people, and discuss possible advances in my study.
My research currently focuses on a pollen grain morphology study within the plant genus, Linanthus. I'm looking at pollen grains from all 24 species of Linanthus through a scanning electron microscope. In my poster I matched the pollen grain with it's flower. The purpose of this study is to identify pollen groups within the plant genus to provide another source of taxonomic information to better identify the species. The pollen data will be mapped onto a molecular phylogeny of the genus to examine character evolution trends, and result in an increasingly thorough view of species relationships and evolutionary history in Linanthus.
That is a very simplified description of my study, and I'm sorry to use some scientific words, but sometimes you just can't get around it. Please contact me if you want to hear more! I'm excited about my research, and being able to use a scanning electron microscope is pretty nifty. My next step is to present my in-progress research at the California Botanical Society Centennial Symposium. I'm really nervous for this, but it will be a good experience.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
These are photos from this past thanksgiving break, which was luckily a warm and sunny weekend. A family friend of ours has some property out in the Santa Cruz mountains, a place they call Fern Meadow. This is really one of my favorite places! The weather was nice enough for us to go out for a barefoot walk around the property, and up to the 'sky deck' for a view.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Back in November I went on a trip to Mendocino for a Mycology trip. We were looking for some good edibles to cook up (namely chanterelles), but we were a bit early for them. It ended up being a downpour in the forest with not many mushrooms, but it was a fun adventure anyway.
I'm turning out to be a pretty lousy blogger, but that's ok. I don't always feel like having a blog, so I'll just post when I'm feeling up to it. The past couple of months have been fairly difficult as well. I had to put down my beloved kitty, and I've had mixed feelings about continuing grad school. But, I think I'm gonna stick it out! I love plants, and I love studying them, so I might as well further my knowledge and get that Master's degree.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
That first photo is so dreamy; I'd love to be floating atop a wave in the sunshine and getting salt-watery hair!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Clearly, I've been busy! Here's an idea of what I've mostly been busy with: school, plants, and bumping into giant pumpkins. I have a roll of film going, so I'll soon have some non-iphone photos to share. Mostly whats been distracting me lately are thoughts of big life decisions. Still thinking away, oh golly!
Have you guys seen the new instagram web profiles? Here's mine: instagram.com/leannefeely