The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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Finals Week Ski Report

December 17th, 2013 No Comments

In between writing final exams and grading graduate student essays, I’ve also been doing something fun: learning to cross-country ski! I got me some beginner skis and boots and poles and have been out and about, falling down willy nilly around Fairbanks. My first lesson was on Saturday at the extensive UAF trail system. Lovely […]

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Polar Marine Science in the Genomics Era

November 6th, 2013 No Comments

Polar Marine Science in the Genomics Era [PDF 19Mb] I gave a talk in the IMS seminar today trying to convince everyone of the wonders of next gen sequencing! I had intended to target a broader range of subjects than just microbes but somehow I ran out of time to prepare that talk, so I’ll […]


zooplankton videos

November 4th, 2013 1 Comment

Copepod feeding Copepod excretion Copepod bioluminescence Antarctic krill (Euphasids) Antarctic krill being fed upon [5:04] Antarctic krill love dance [CreatureCast] more CreatureCasts Shrimp reproduction [NSFW?] Giant amphipod Gelatinous zooplankton


How to use launchd to copy a dynamic IP address to your Dropbox folder

October 11th, 2013 No Comments

Since they won’t give me a static IP address here I made this little MacOS Launch Agent to copy my current IP address to my Dropbox folder so I can make sure to access it from anywhere. This version runs at boot-up and once per day. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" […]

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NSF spending on major infrastructure for biology

August 6th, 2013 No Comments

In researching the possibility of applying for an NSF grant to buy a DNA sequencer for the UAF Core Facility, I did some looking into previously funded grants for DNA sequencers. I found that of the $297 million dollars spent by the Directorate of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) on Major Research Infrastructure (MRI) grants over the […]