Today, I came in to the FTR building for the first time to tour the space I will be working in. I worked on familiarizing myself with the lab handbook, specifically the Laboratory Assessment, and posting my first WordPress posts. Professor Roberts took me around to see the labs, where we will be working with PCR, where the mussels will be stored and that we will be manipulating the temperature to examine the effects it will have on the mussels. The room was very cold though! It was also cool to meet Mack and learn about how important it is to sterilize oysters that you work with in the lab. I am more excited to work with the mussels, work with DNA through the PCR, and learn about data, which is something I am more apprehensive about. Today has made the research more real to me than I had previously envisioned it.