Peter Breslin

Peter Breslin

Arizona State University


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Published on May 29, 2018

Into a Massive Amount of Data

We finally got the genome skimming data back and I have started working with it. The first pass I am currently doing is called "reference guided assembly." My advisor for this project was able to a...

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Published on Apr 17, 2018

Weird Science

So far, the population viability analysis, habitat suitability modeling and molecular phylogeny of the Mammillaria of Baja have all moved forward with very few hitches or glitches. This landscape g...

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Published on Mar 05, 2018

Update on Cactus Research

Hello supporters! Just a quick check in to say that I am in the middle of extracting DNA, shopping around for a lab to do the library prep and RADseq, and continuing to refine the approaches we're ...

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Published on Jan 06, 2018

Heartfelt Thank You! And Updates

The campaign finished at midnight last night, about 140% funded. Lasting appreciation and endless gratitude for all of you who pledged support. I am in the process of getting a formal quote from a ...

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Published on Dec 30, 2017

Home Stretch

Six days left on this 45 day campaign! It's been a true learning experience in many ways. I refined ways to communicate vital research in understandable, less technical terms, reducing jargon and ...

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Published on Dec 29, 2017


Only 7 more days until this campaign is over!This crowd funding experience has gone in ways that I never really anticipated. As an all-or-nothing campaign, I fretted at first that it would perhaps ...

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Published on Dec 28, 2017


One of the traits shared by most of the Baja California Mammillaria (Cactaceae), the genus I am studying, is strongly hooked spines. It is almost certainly the case that hooked spines across the Ca...

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Published on Dec 16, 2017

Analyzing data

Part of the challenge of what I'm doing with the population genetics piece will be that using genomic data to capture population level variation is relatively new. The high throughput next generati...

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Published on Dec 11, 2017

Quick Trip, Tons of Data

This was by far the shortest trip to visit the study site in Bahía Magdalena and return home in the history of this PhD project. I left Saturday, 12/2, and was back in the US by Saturday, 12/9. Com...

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