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

Stretch!

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

Hooks

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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Ha, true enough Karen, and thank you for being one of the backers by the way! There are several factors contributing to this crowd funding campaign-- one is that I enjoy making science a community effort. I think I might have been able to wrangle $3K toward the genetic data, but I like it when science is more broadly supported. Also, plant conservation biology is woefully underfunded-- plants just aren't as charismatic as Pandas, for example. So I wanted to raise awareness of this. Finaly, while a huge (and I do mean huge) data set in genomics is now available for low cost, it's still about $7K or more, and for a grad student, that's a big hurdle. Especially considering that I'm also doing a molecular phylogeny. Anyway, I deeply appreciate your support!
Dec 03, 2017
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sure!
Nov 28, 2017
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O, I z
Nov 27, 2017
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xy? hmmmmm
Nov 27, 2017
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If a carbon-spewing horse could be invented, I bet it would be
Nov 26, 2017
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Interestingly, part of the range of the species I am assessing is bombed repeatedly by the Mexican Navy. :-)
Nov 25, 2017
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I hope that the work I do here can be generalized across a wide variety of threatened plants!
Nov 25, 2017
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Thank you Joe!
Nov 23, 2017
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Thanks-- I'll get to do it, I bet. And this crowd funding effort will help.
Nov 23, 2017
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