Recently I submitted the 1st chapter of my dissertation for publication to Journal of Experimental Biology. They can certainly reject it, but hopefully I will get edits back sometime soon and at that point, I will also submit a photograph for consideration for the journal cover. Luckily my advisor, Steve, is an amazing photographer so we did a little photo shoot with this yellow stingray. Since my study is on the sense of smell of this species and 4 others, we wanted to somehow show the beautiful topside of this ray while also showing the nose. To do this we photographed her on a mirror and you can see when see lifts up the front of her snout, her nose is visible. The pictures turned out awesome!!
Of course I dropped the mirror. Luckily it was after the photo shoot, but hopefully this doesn’t follow me around for 7 years….
Steve also shot her from below, though these photos didn’t turn out as cool.
We also recently has an elasmo-lab beach bbq to celebrate….lots of things going on in our lab. My boss got tenure, for one!
Morgan bought Steve a hammerhead kite a while back and he finally got to bust it out!
It is a pretty spectacular kite!!
And last but not least… the obligatory mustache picture!