"What does this do? Do you work with this thing? Can I touch every single thing in here? Oh, look at this cool thing! What kind of bug is this? And this one? What about this one?"
This is exactly the sort of passion and interest I want to share with my readers. Science involves some cool cool stuff. So I'd like to start a new tradition of exploring new labs that I visit and sharing with ye ol' readers via a photo post!
California State University at Long Beach - Wetlands Ecology Lab
Researching within the Biological Sciences, you are going to be exposed to many types of working environments. Many projects require you to venture out 'into the field' for experiments, sample collections, or recording observations. But often, a lot of processing, identifying, and analyzing takes place back in the lab. Most labs are unique and reflect the diversity of research conducted by their members.
|A brief bio of the lab's Principle Investigator and their research.|
Questions of the Day:
What is your favorite part of the CSULB Wetlands Ecology Lab?
What items would you like to know more about?
|Some labs have mascots to represent the research conducted. Icky the Isopod keeps moral up during late nights in the lab.|
|Rachel (left) and a fellow lab mate (right) use their creativity to design decorations for the lab.|
|You never know what supplies you might need during your research. It's also difficult to keep track of instruments and tools in busy labs if lots of students are in and out. An organized lab with a sign out sheet will run smoothly.|
|Infauna vouchers. (Invertebrates kept to use as a comparison for later identifications.)|
|Meticulous record keeping is a good trait to master. Write everything down! You never know when you might need to look back over your notes. Trust me, you'll forget things.|
|What marine focus lab would NOT have a calendar with tide charts?|
|You don't realize all of the different tools you'll need during your research. I am sure I've used everything in this photo in some form back at my own lab.|