Nadege ponders on the beautiful Ria Formosa

CACHE early stage researcher, Nadège Zaghdoudi, gives some insight on the stunning Ria Formosa in Portugal: “Home to a large diversity of rare plants and animal species, the Ria Formosa is foremost a natural park under the protection of national legislation and the European Commission’s Habitats and Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC). It is also included in… Read more »

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Jaison presents on ocean acidification

CACHE researcher, Jaison Arivalagan, presents a course for school students on ocean acidification and the CACHE ‘Shell proteomics’ programme: “It was a wonderful experience for me to host a session for the school students (20 pupils, 15 year olds, Biology European Class, Ivry sur seine, Paris, France). They visited the Museum National d’Histoire Naturell (MNHN),… Read more »

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Kirti, CACHE and the ecophysiology colloquium!

CACHE researcher, Kirti Ramesh, reports from her recent attendance at the Alfred Wegner Institute: “Recently, I got the chance to attend a colloquium on ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany. The day comprised of six talks by invited speakers including three CACHE principal investigators (PIs). The session was opened by a short talk… Read more »

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CACHE researcher, Alex, presents at the CeMEB assembly

CACHE researcher, Alex Ventura, gives an account of his recent presentation: Two weeks ago I participated in the 13th Assembly for CeMEB the Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology –http://cemeb.science.gu.se/ – held at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences on the island of Tjärnö (Sweden). The Centre was established in July 2008, is hosted by the… Read more »

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Understanding the costs of shell growth

CACHE researcher, Trystan Sanders, reports on his course from the south of France: “This week I have been at Aix-Marseille University in the south of France on a training course in biological modelling. We have been learning how to use the concepts of a theory called the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Theory to try and… Read more »

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Scottish Blue mussels – Environment and Condition

CACHE researcher, Kati Michalek, reports on her work in Scotland on Blue mussels’ environment and condition: “Last week I visited a mussel farm in a Scottish sea loch one hour drive from The Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS), where Blue mussels are grown on traditional longlines suspended in the water. The purpose of this… Read more »

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The Cilwendeg shell house in all its glory!

CACHE researcher, Teja Yarra, marvels at the stunning shell house in Wales: “I am sure we have all seen houses decorated with shells in small fishing villages or popular seaside resort towns. However, The Cilwendeg Shell House in Wales is one such elaborate example of shell decoration! It was built in the 1820s by an… Read more »

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Mad scientist, weird chemicals?

CACHE researcher, Kirti Ramesh, sheds some light on her ‘fluorescent’ experiments: “I have learnt recently that the most striking feature that people notice about my experiments (or that they ask about) is the fluorescent solutions I work with. The second question that usually follows is whether I eat my oysters following experiments! Although, I don’t… Read more »

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Jaison crushes shells for proteins!

CACHE Early Stage Researcher, Jaison Arivalagan, gives his account of some of his research work: “Recently, I did some preliminary work, prior to the protein extraction from shells i.e. cleaning and powdering the shells. It’s interesting to watch the transformation of shells after cleaning them for a whole day. I am working on three different clam shells which… Read more »

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Alex tries to unravel a mussel mystery!

CACHE PhD fellow, Alexander Ventura, shares his experience in trying to unravel a mussel mystery: “I’ve recently been tackling the issue of hybrid mussels here at Krisitneberg marine station: what are believed to be blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) here may actually be a complex of blue mussels and blue mussel-bay mussel (Mytilus trossulus) hybrids. Before… Read more »

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