Dr. Gallant's Blog



Check out our collections on iNaturalist!

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iNaturalist is a really cool project sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic, where you can use your smartphone to help catal...





Pollimyrus isidori are great fathers

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We’ve been trying to breed Pollimyrus isidori in the lab for the last couple of months, which are well reputed good parents .  Withstanding some pH problems ...


Electric Fish Christmas Tree

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Perhaps the nerdiest of all Christmas decorations I’ve ever put up, here is the official electric fish christmas tree!

Welcome to Sophia, Justin, and Sarah!

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We are excited to have three wonderful undergraduates working with us this summer– Sophia Sdao, Justin Rucinski, and Sarah Sam.  We will be working together ...

Hatching and eye development

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As another day ticks by, we see that the larva has developed still further, hatching from its chorion. The eyes are now dark and pigmented and can be clearly...

Getting Ready to Hatch!

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Here we go! The eggs have developed another day, and now the body parts are in full definition. Viewing under the microscope, you can see blood pumping thr...

We’ve got somites!

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Here’s a nice image– after developing through the evening in our incubators, a much higher proportion of embryos have survived! You can clearly see many lit...

Early Electric Fish Development

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It’s starting! We’ve got another batch of fertilized eggs, now here at the lab instead of our satellite facility– they are developing more comfortably at hig...

Brienomyrus brachyistius spawning

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Monica and I have been hard at work getting Brienomyrus brachyistius to breed again in the lab– we’ve been having great success with getting them spawning!  ...


Working with VIM

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I’ve now realized that the build in UNIX text editor nano just doesn’t cut the mustard, so I’m switching to VIM.  So far, I like it though it is a little har...


Extract Sequences from FASTA file.

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So, I was trying to figure out a way of extracting significantly up regulated Transcripts from my Trinity assemblies.  Low and behold, it’s possible with Bio...

Count specific characters per line using AWK

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I just figured out to use the handy little UNIX utility AWK, which makes parsing text files a breeze, if you know how to speak its language. For the uninita...