January 2nd, 2017 It has been 5 months since I wrote my last blog entry and since I completed the RECCS program. It is unbelievable how much this internship has positively impacted my life within such a short amount of time. I am grateful every day for the amazing summer that I had. It was… Read More

July 17th, 2016 This week I determined if any of my plate and PMA samples had contaminants in them using my OTU table, determined if the effect of the resuscitation factors on the community composition had statistical significance, observed the diversity of different data subsets (plates, north-facing, south-facing, PMA samples, etc.), determined taxa that are… Read More

July 23rd, 2016 This week I finished up my data processing and finalized the figures for my poster and oral presentation, put together the rough draft of my project poster, and had a phone interview with science writer from CU Boulder to talk about my experience at RECCS. At the communication workshop, I participated in… Read More

*Excuse this post going up at such an odd time in the night, but I just had to let some of these thoughts escape my mind. * This is the end! This is the beginning of the last week, and boy doesn’t this feel so surreal! As I’m working on finalizing my poster and PowerPoint-… Read More

One of the many gratifying aspects of the RECCS program is being able to learn and work outside. Measuring sediment sizes has been very enjoyable, almost therapeutic, and educational. It’s been fun getting some real field research experience.… Read More

July 10th, 2016 This week we worked on importing the primer plate barcode data into the RECCS mapping file using Rstudio, making an OTU table from the sequencing data using Unix, performing a Bray-Curtis and PCOA statistical analysis on all the plate data, and performing a Kruskal Wallis statistical analysis of the PMA samples data.… Read More

My name is Sean Ross, and I’m a student at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood. This research project has been an amazing experience and I’m still floored that I was selected! I’ve spent the past few weeks looking at the lovely Boulder Creek Granodiorite in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. My project was inspired by the… Read More

Last week I collected field data at Chalk Creek with my mentor and a research scientist from the United States Geological Survey. Each of us worked on our own separate projects, but throughout the day we all helped with each other’s research. It was really cool to see how scientists collaborate and share data, while… Read More

This three day weekend couldn’t have happened at a more needed time if it was planned. Maybe it was…I still ended up in Boulder all weekend, but it was for a Dead show at Folsom Field…so, not really work related. I needed a little break from the screen…still loving the opportunity…and really syncing up with… Read More