Yearly Archives: 2016

MinION Meeting

Devin is heading out to the Oxford Nanopore New York Community meeting this week to learn from the community as well as present on the Alaska MinION Hackathons. You can follow along with the action on Twitter below: #nanoporeconf Tweets

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Pilot Launch!

The IAB Greenhouse pilot project is in full bloom…well, more accurately we are waiting for germination…but regardless! With the help of some wonderful undergraduates, Alex Keller and Jason Foreman, blueberry and cranberry seeds have happy, experimental homes tucked safely away in soil inoculate from FPES. Cannot wait to see what secrets these saplings will reveal.

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MinION Hackathon

The Drown lab is at it again! The annual MinION Hackathon began on Sunday, and UAF graduate students, undergraduate students and friends were invited to use this revolutionary technology, sequencing DNA samples on their own.  Learning genomics can be fun, just ask the Hackathon participants and their “minion” accomplices.

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Core Collection and Addition to the Drown Lab!

Alexandra Keller, a bright new mind to UAF, is the newest (and youngest) member of the Drown lab! On Thursday, Alex assisted with soil core collection at the Fairbanks Permafrost Experimental Station (FPES). It was her first time in the field and it will be her first time working in a greenhouse come the week […]

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Greenhouse Grandeur

There is growth in the greenhouse! Blueberries and cranberries germinated. Now we are testing three nutrient poor soil treatments. Brace yourselves, the greenhouse pilot study is ready for take off!

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Permafrost Premonition

Given winter’s rapid approach, the permafrost experimental plots are getting special attention.  Preemptive vegetation surveying and soil core collections are propelling the Drown lab into a future greenhouse hibernation…and I am excited about it! Do you know what this means? Vegetation surveying, soil samples and an empty greenhouse? Sounds like a pilot study to me. […]

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Fairbanks Permafrost Experiment Station

This week I got to check out the US Army Corps of Engineers’ research stomping grounds, also known as the Fairbanks Permafrost Experiment Station (FPES).  Accompanied by my proficient permafrost guides, Jackson and Alex, I explored this unique study site. Together we drilled soil cores,  slogged through the rain and battled prolific mosquitoes. Fun field […]

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