A smattering of science-themed poems because why not? Continue reading Attempts at Science Poems
A summary of a paper that discusses the power coral reefs have to protect coastlines from the everyday wear-and-tear of ocean waves. Continue reading How Do Corals Protect Coastlines? Part 2
Introducing a new paper review on the power of artificial reefs to protect coastlines. Continue reading How Do Corals Protect Coastlines?
Rocks in California are so cool! If you go hiking in Coyote Hills, or other coastal trails where you might find ribbon chert outcrops, be sure to check out their history and formation. Continue reading California Geology: Touring Coyote Hills
n this post we continue our overview of the paper Biosynthesis of neurotoxin. Last time we learned that Brunson et al. (2018) had guessed that a redox enzyme was needed as part of the pathway Pseudo-nitzschia uses to synthesize domoic acid (DA). They then studied the Pseudo-nitzschia’s transcriptome to answer the questions: Which genes are upregulated under low phosphate conditions? and Of those genes, which are upregulated still more under increased pCO2 conditions? Since those are the conditions previously observed to induce DA production, genes fitting both descriptions were highly suspect to be involved in DA biosynthesis. Continue reading What Makes Algal Blooms Toxic?, Part 2
The algae in the ocean are a diverse bunch, one type of which is the silica-based diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia. Pseudo-nitzschia species are pennate eukaryotes: long, glass microscopic pens in waters along the California coast. When algae grow in large numbers, changing the color of the seawater, they are said to bloom. Pseudo-nitzschia blooms every year, and sometimes, when it does, it produces domoic acid. Continue reading What Makes Algal Blooms Toxic?