Through coral isle, over blue lagoon

Next week I travel back to Carrie Bow Cay, Belize to the Smithsonian's CCRE station. It's been 7 years since my first trip there, and needless to say I'm excited to be going back. My main duties while there will be organizing tissue sampling of a wide variety of organisms, everything from sea grasses to fish, for DNA barcode and genomic sequencing. I've had lots of conversations with lots of other scientists at the museum about how to optimize sampling of their specialty. My goals for myself on this trip are to improve the quality of specimen photo vouchers, learn new underwater collection methods, and become more familiar with crabs outside Majoidea. Another NoBones post is probably going to come out of this too.