Orpheus Island in closing

Well, Dr. Allen and I leave Orpheus Island in two days. This trip has been extremely fast!


We finally figured out how to culture the crown-of-thorns larvae. It turns out our larvae were dying from copper toxicity. The freshwater here runs through copper pipes, so when we wash our glassware in the freshwater and place larvae in it, they die.

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One week in the land down under

Dr. Allen and I have been in Australia for a week now, and it has been a whirlwind!


We left Williamsburg on Sunday December 3rd at 7AM and reached Orpheus Island where we’re conducting our research Tuesday December 5th at 7PM ET. (Or something like that; it’s tough to keep track of time here given this place is 15 hours ahead of Virginia.)

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