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Peter Breslin

Peter Breslin

Arizona State University

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Published on Dec 01, 2017

Original Goal Fully Funded!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the 35 backers who helped this campaign reach the original goal in just 10 days! The funds are now guaranteed, minus the small fee that Experiment dot com collect...

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Published on Dec 01, 2017

Baja Bound!

Headed to Baja tomorrow morning, probably around sunrise. I'll be posting pics whenever possible from there. The goals for this particular field trip are modest and it's much shorter than usual, bu...

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Published on Nov 30, 2017

Visualizing Population Genetic Structure

Another aspect of the research I'm doing is a population genetics approach to Cochemiea halei, the cactus species I am studying, to determine the within population and between population genetic di...

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Published on Nov 29, 2017

Data loggers for ground-truthing climate data

Part of the challenge of the habitat suitability modeling I am doing for Cochemiea halei, the endangered species I am studying, is that this plant occurs over a total known range of only about 50 b...

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Published on Nov 27, 2017

An Island Album, part one

A few pics of the study site and its sere beauty, from the field work last May. I had the opportunity to be on the islands for an extended time. Last May marked the 8th season of field work in the ...

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Published on Nov 26, 2017

Plants and Geography

Have you ever noticed that certain plants are distributed in noticeable patterns on the landscape? This can be particularly apparent where vegetative cover is low, such as in a desert habitat. A po...

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Published on Nov 24, 2017

RAD what?

Once the DNA is extracted from the 95 individuals sampled from across the range of Cochemiea halei, that genetic raw material will be sent to an offsite service provider that will use restriction s...

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Published on Nov 23, 2017

Species Distribution Modeling

I was thinking this morning about how plants are something like the canaries in the coal mine for an ecosystem, and, even if they perform low level ecosystem services (like many cacti), they are a ...

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Published on Nov 22, 2017

Back to Baja!

I'm very excited to be headed back to the field in Baja to do more surveying for environmental variables related to the habitat suitability modeling and to rephotograph 30 individual Cochemiea hale...

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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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