Summertime in Pt Reyes

In an attempt to escape the 90+ degree F heat of Davis, the lab ventured out to Pt Reyes last weekend. We also wanted to show our visiting student Junhao Chen the coastal ecosystem in this park north of San Francisco. A delightful time was had by all!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day from the Kopp Lab!

Lab alumnus Daniel Friedman offers this V-Day pun for all you lovers of biochemistry:

Q: Why did the hydrophobic amino acid worship the Fork God?
A: Because it was Valine-tine’s Dei.

And lab manager Olga offered up this delicious cake for the ever-hungry members of the lab.

 

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6th annual lab mushroom trip is a success!

After a miserable previous season, with not a mushroom in sight, we were relieved to find plenty of mushrooms this time around.  Well, maybe not “plenty”, but enough for a very nice dinner.  Moby has found a perfect matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare), and Emily found the rare cauliflower mushroom (Sparassis crispa). Beginners luck, I say.  We also got a good haul of black trumpets, winter chanterelles, and angel wings, with a few hedgehog mushrooms and candy caps sprinkled in.  No leftovers this time!Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 21.01.08Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 21.01.26Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 21.01.41

Hiking and swimming in Desolation Winderness

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It’s a miracle – Judy managed to get the whole lab together on the same day.  Never worked for me…  maybe she should be in charge of organizing all lab activities from now on?

We had a great hike in Desolation Wilderness, culminating in a pleasantly cool (sic) swim in Lake of the Woods.  We even got caught in a rare summer rainstorm on the way back.

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The first lab mussel-hunting trip

Our first lab mussel-hunting trip to Point Reyes was a success despite heavy surf.  We hit the mussel rocks at low tide and were able to collect enormous amounts of big, happy mussels.  Our entire lab and numerous allies spent the whole evening cooking and eating them – and still had a bunch left over for later.  Lots of work, but it was a very tasty lab outing.