Urchin/Crab Panama Expedition 2018: Day 3

First of all… no equipment/luggage still.  Other than that, it was a relatively chill day.   We did some lab work in the morning (we appear to have some bacteria growing!) and caught up on e-mail.  After lunch, Laetitia and I went on a long walkabout.  First up over a ridge on a jungle trail… saw some monkeys and cool birds.  And tons of leafcutter ants… some awesome microbiology going on there! Then we ended up in the middle of a resort (which kicked us out).   Took another nature trail over to a big river which we followed the Panama Canal.  Pretty cool to see those giant ships go by!  Walked from there down the canal a couple of miles to a dock where I fished for a bit before being informed it was a protected area and being kicked out of there as well.

Finally cooked up the fish we caught in Taboguilla yesterday… amazing stuff!  If you ever have the chance to eat a finescale triggerfish that you catch, don’t pass it up.

Still trying to figure out how to do the rest of our work with no stuff.  We can wing some more culturing stuff but the DNA extractions would be tricky.  Wondering if the old “grain alcohol, meat tenderizer, and detergent” trick would be good enough for 16S analysis later?  Jarrod, Laetitia, and I had a 3 hour meeting tonight to discuss how to do the rest of the work assuming that we never see any of our stuff again.  I’m wondering if the UCD travel insurance covers things commandeered by a foreign government?

About David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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  1. The fish that David prepared was thoughtfully paired with refreshing boiled water and a strange pastry. Delicious! Cooking and culturing on a shoe string. Well done!

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