Auburn: week 1

My first week in Auburn is done, and we got all of the preliminary work finished.  The project will officially start during week 2, so stay tuned.  In the mean time, here are some memories of my first week as a disease ecology tech.   Does anyone know what this is?? I passed by it … Continue reading Auburn: week 1

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Auburn: road trip + days 1 & 2

For my last summer as an undergraduate, I got hired as a disease ecology technician at Auburn University.  With Dr. Sarah Zohdy and a team of graduates and undergraduates, I'll be capturing Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos throughout Alabama to sample for arboviruses.  The most important pathogen we will be testing is Zika virus.  During … Continue reading Auburn: road trip + days 1 & 2

Titan arum

The greenhouse at UNC Charlotte waited about 10 years for this beauty to grow and bloom.  The Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is native to Indonesia, and due to its pungent smell of rotting flesh, it is commonly called the corpse flower.  The genus name amorphophallus translates into misshapen penis, which David Attenborough thought was too indecent … Continue reading Titan arum

Charlotte Nature: ducklings, chicks, and spring flora

Campus has been full of life, so I decided to make another post celebrating it. First up is some pictures of local flora, including scale insects, pink flowers, and a purple flowered bush.  If anyone knows the names of these flowers, comment below.   There is a new family in Heck pond, a mother mallard … Continue reading Charlotte Nature: ducklings, chicks, and spring flora