We are working out our assembly line sample processing. Mark and Marlene came over to Tuscaloosa to help with the processing. In order to make use of every bit of individual-level data, we must process each individual by taking a genetic sample, dissecting its intestinal tract, collect the rest of the tissue for stoichiometry, and keep its shell individually recorded for morphology. All of these pieces will be put together to better understand diversity across scales. These samples and data will pair with individual-level excretion rates from the field. It's quite the task, but we have a good team! This has us ready for our big processing plans in October.
Updates, field pictures, and other news from the Mussel Biodiversity team