CACHE ESR Kirti Ramesh explains about the invaluable help she has received from an intern over the summer:
“Every year, GEOMAR offers the opportunity for high school students to take on an internship in its laboratories and learn about what it is like to be a marine biologist firsthand. This year, Lara Kneschke from Freie Waldorfschule Eckernförde got the chance to find out what it is like to be a CACHE scientist! Lara has spent eight weeks this summer during Mytilus (mussel) larval season helping out in the lab and contributing to the seasonal duties of the research group.
She has helped collect animals for spawning experiments; learnt how to identify mussel gametes; perform fertlisations; set up and maintain Mytilus larval cultures and helped check for correct larval development.
During the course of the internship, Lara has also learnt about the questions that underlie our projects, a little bit about the theory behind what we do and how we try to answer these questions through experiments. She also got the chance to learn how to use and work with several instruments in the laboratory such as the Nanodrop and Coulter counter.”