August 2023 Goals

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By starting new things, maybe that means actually setting reasonable goals. Jury’s out on whether or not it’ll work.

July Goals recap

Green Crab Pilot Experiment:

  • I finished the respirometry analysis! Kinda. It’s 80% done without removing the background because Julia wanted to use my script to analyze her data

West Coast Green Crab Experiment:

  • Can confirm I am physically alive but maybe not all there mentally

Summer Students:

  • Assisted with Lauren’s abstract for SACNAS
  • Didn’t need to write Julia a letter after all, but I wrote one for Lauren’s SACNAS application!
  • Assisted students with their independent projects and analysis
  • Facilitated introductions between students and other WHOI scientists

Coral Transcriptomics:

  • Started reworking metaanalysis

Hawaii Gigas Methylation:

  • Added Rajan’s edits as comments to the draft manuscript

August Goals

Green Crab Pilot Experiment:

  • Remove background respiration from oxygen consumption calculations
  • Update methods and results

West Coast Green Crab Experiment:

  • Shut down the 15ºC and 25ºC tanks during week 6
  • Shut down the 5ºC tanks during week 7
  • Investigate any discrepancies in crab labelling and update relevant spreadsheets

Hawaii Gigas Methylation:

  • Get other epigenetic datasets
  • Finish methylKit contingency tests
  • Conduct a randomization test for DML identification
  • Integrate with other epigenetic datasets
  • Update methods and results


  • Review paper for Evolutionary Applications
  • Review paper for Aquaculture
  • Start draft of Evolution Symposium
  • Revise CV
  • Revise research statement
  • Revise teaching statement

Deep Freeze

Things that are not immediate enough to be on the backburner, so they’re stuck in the deep freeze.

Virginica Methylation and Expression:

I’ll return to this when I have an updated discussion for the Hawaii paper.

  • Update methods and results from quadratic addition to transcriptional noise model
  • Compare transcriptional noise analysis with Liew and Aranda papers

Killifish Methylation and Expression:

I’ll return to this when I have a good draft of the coral paper.

  • Pathway analysis for RNA-Seq data
  • Determine protocol for SNP identification
  • Conduct in silico RRBS digestion
  • Characterize DEG that overlap between populations
  • Quantify gene expression variability
  • Visualize DEG data

Zebrafish DNMT:

I’ll think about this once I have a robust killifish paper draft.

  • Identify a stress condition to use for the zebrafish based on disease factors or conditions that are known to induce changes in methylation
  • Determine physiological endpoints to assess for embryos
  • Construct a project timeline
Written on August 1, 2023