There are so many awesome things going on at NTP it’s hard to know where to start! I’m a data girl myself and you know there are only two kinds of people in this world; the kind that can extrapolate from incomplete data…
I, under the direction of Justin and Wendy, recreated the warehouse checklist and I have to say it felt really good to be good at something the team needed. I did three or four versions before the scientists were happy, but it was a pleasure. The rest of the day, Friday, belonged to the data. I am entering in all the hand-written data from this year onto excel where it can be analyzed forward and backward by parameter, including intern. So far I’ve got AQ1 2014 completed, and at this rate, I think I can get all 7 systems recorded in a few weeks.
I’d like to identify the 2 tubeworms in the saltwater tank. At the onset I was told they were invasive. There are either 2 morphs of the same species or two separate species of what appear to be feather-duster tube worms (Family Sabellidae; 44 possible genera). I need to get my hands on a phylogenic tree or a marine field guide but I’ll see how far my invert book can take me.
Sunday we had a pH issue in AQ1 and I was able to show historical daily data on a line graph in a matter of seconds. I fed the fish, did the water collection and replanted around 20 miscellaneous vegetables. The rest of the day I spent cataloging 2014 data. I finished Systems 1 and 2, making 3/7 complete and finished about half of system 3. 6 cells are copyable from system to system so it cuts a third of the data entry.
On a personal note, I really like being able to do something no one else did before me. I like feeling useful. I like the numbers and the trends. I like the science and using that part of my brain again. I really like working with Wendy and Justin. I’m probably too comfortable with both of them already. Being an intern is not a job, it’s a passion; a labor of love; payable in this excitement that jumps out of me every time someone asks me how it’s all going. It’s going pretty well. . =)