I am a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying the diversity and evolution of whelks. This summer I was sponsored by the NSF (USA) and JSPS (Japan) to work with Dr. Seiji Hayashi at Nagoya University in Japan to collect buccinid gastropod (whelk) tissue samples and examine whelk shell collections at musems throughout Japan. Sugoi! Some of the snails that I study are pictured to the right.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

JSPS Orientation

How many engineers and materials chemists can you fit in a room? LOTS! Only one paleontologist though. I am sitting in the first row third from the left. Arrigato, National Science Foundation! Our orientation was at SOKENDAI, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, in Kanagawa Prefecture.