March 2024 Goals

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February was a short month (even with the extra day where nothing was impossible #30Rock) but I managed to do a lot! Am I finally getting the hang of things? Maybe…but I am going on vacation at the end of this month so things are bound to fall apart.

February Goals recap

West Coast Green Crab Experiment:

Green Crab Pilot Experiment:

Coral Transcriptomics:

  • Modified analytical methods based on feedback
  • Updated methods and results
  • Updated supplementary material
  • Wrote my portion of the abstract

Virginica Methylation and Expression:

We’re gearing for a March submission of the CEABiGR paper, so I moved this out of the deep freeze.


  • Gave a seminar at URI fully about my crab data!
  • Continued PRISMA searches for WOCinEEB Global Change collaboration

March Goals

Virginica Methylation and Expression:

  • Address all analyses in [this issue]
  • Create all figures in [this issue]
  • Compare transcriptional noise analysis with Liew and Aranda papers in discussion
  • Write discussion
  • Write introduction
  • Write abstract
  • Send manuscript to co-authors
  • Incorporate co-author feedback
  • Submit manuscript

West Coast Green Crab Experiment:

  • Finish extractions, PCR, and gel for all remaining crab samples
  • Send samples for sequencing

Green Crab Pilot Experiment:

  • Continue reading green crab thermal physiology literature

Coral Transcriptomics:

This will depend on when Maggie gets back from the field. Since I can’t do a lot independently at the moment, these may or may not get done this month.

  • Finalize abstract
  • Outline discussion


  • Sort duplicates for WOCinEEB Global Change collaboration
  • Send papers to the appropriate groups
  • Supervise Sophia’s data extraction
  • Take care of RIE2 tasks

Deep Freeze

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

Hawaii Gigas Methylation:

I’ll return to this next month, after we submit the CEABiGR paper this month.

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

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 March 1, 2024