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Peter Breslin

Peter Breslin

Arizona State University

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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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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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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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