learn | do | teach

real science ; real learning; real fun


The Outermost lab is a site I’ve created out of a personal need for more harmonious record keeping. It boils down to wanting to communicate three parts of my life:

  • learn:  (what I’ve learned)  how-to-type posts explaining things I felt were really important but no one ever taught me directly; typically involves code, but always simplified for first-timers like myself
  • do:  (what I do)  interactive summaries of some of my graduate work at the University of New Hampshire: molecular diet analyses of birds and bats; comparative genomics of White-nose syndrome resistance; de novo genome assemblies using 3rd-generation sequencing technologies.
  • teach:  (what I teach)  a collection of curriculum that outline how we do real science in real courses real fast

Thus this site is really just a place for all those things stirring around in my head and in my life; it’s a place to retain instructions for personal use, and a place that I hope serves as a teaching tool to provide meaning. See the aboutMe page to learn a bit more about how I got to creating this site in the first place.

Nature is part our humanity, and without some awareness and experience of that divine mystery man ceases to be man. When the Pleiades and the wind in the grass are no longer a part of the human spirit, a part of very flesh and bone, man becomes, as it were, a kind of cosmic outlaw, having neither the completeness and integrity of the animal nor the birthright of a true humanity.

– Henry Beston, The Outermost House


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