My name is Andrew and I’m a second year Biological Sciences major hoping to double in Economics. I’ve always been interested in Marine Biology so when I heard about a project working with Aquariums, I jumped on the opportunity! Because I am so late to introduce myself, I can also talk about what we’ve been doing for the last few weeks. We’ve gone to the aquariums and collected samples, done some DNA extractions, and PCR. Our samples came from salt water and fresh water tanks and include water, sediment, and gunk from the walls of the tanks. Our latest issue has come after PCR, while running the Gel. It seems like our issue might be all the way back in PCR A. I am very excited for the new aquatic systems that we will start sampling in the next couple weeks. We are hoping to start sampling the minute they load the tubs. Our hope is to sample very frequently in the first couple days because we know much of the microbial community will develop in this time. So what’s the point of that, you ask? Well we would love to study the succession of microbial communities in these new aquatic systems. That’s all for now!