Last Thursday our lab was invertebrate dissections. My favorite!
For most biology students’ dissections the specimens arrive dead and preserved and there’s none of that messiness of actually killing something, which creates in my mind a huge disconnect. I came to the conclusion this summer after having to kill my own dissection organisms that I was going to learn everything I could from something if I was going to kill it–there was no point in me doing the dissection if I didn’t plan on learning everything I could.
That said, one of the ways I make sure I learn all I can is by doing the best drawings I can. And here is what I did for our dissection last Thursday of the intertidal barnacle, Balanus nubilus.