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Travel to Toolik (68° 38' N, 149° 36' W, AK)

On August 20th, Biology and Wildlife graduate students and researchers traveled to UAF’s Toolik Field Station for an awakening taste of arctic atmosphere. Devin and I used this nine hour road trip north of Fairbanks for investigation…in the 68th degree. Toolik provided an opportunity to use the MinION sequencing capabilities in the field and sample […]

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New tech, MinION

Thanks to the efforts of Ian Herriot who initiated the application to the Oxford Nanopore MinION Access programme (MAP), we have acquired access to a new nanopore sequencer (pictured above). The MinION at just 87 grams and half the size of an iPhone is so portable that it will visit the International Space Station as […]

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A journey north into the Arctic

September marks the beginning of the new academic year and with it brings a new cohort of graduate students to the Department of Biology and Wildlife. As a bonding experience each year, several researchers lead a trip up to Toolik Field Station in the Arctic. This field station is operated by the Institute of Arctic […]

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Alaska arrival

I made the move from Indiana University and joined the faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this January. I have a joint appointment in both the Institute of Arctic Biology (research) and the Department of Biology & Wildlife (teaching).

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