Well the term ended and it was a whirl wind. The majority of the term was spent either TAing biological oceanography or studying and preparing for my oral exam. The TAing went extremely well and I really enjoyed getting to hear the lectures again. Hearing the lectures really helped me to feel more prepared for my upcoming orals. For part of my project I am using plankton samples collected by NOAA to better understand the vertical migratory patterns of Dungeness crabs. This quarter I went to pick up the samples from Newport and they filled the back of a pickup truck!!!! It definitely seems I have my work cut out for me. However, the majority of the quarter has been spent preparing for orals which has entailed reading countless scientific articles. Before the oral exam I have to turn in a written form of my proposal so the next few weeks will be spent finalizing this. I am looking forward to getting past the orals portion of my PhD so I can get to work counting samples and building my computer model. I will be posting sometime in February to update everyone on how the orals went.