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The littorine snail in that kid’s knee

This news story about a seashore snail found living in a child’s knee wound has been making the rounds lately.

Apparently 4-year old Paul Franklin from Southern California was camping at a beach in central California near Morro Bay, when he fell and hurt his knee (Orange County Register). For several weeks afterwards, the wound refused to heal fully, despite the use of … Continue Reading

A simple ggplot2 scatterplot

Here’s a bit of code used to produce one of the figures in my recent paper dealing with modeling rocky intertidal snail body temperatures. This was my first foray into ggplot2, and it only involved a few hours of head-scratching. The plot is a comparison of 10 years of  daily maximum body temperatures of a modeled littorine snail sitting on a rock with its foot out on the rock or withdrawn into the shell. The original data are here: dailymax_runs139_169.

The code below will open the data file, create the ggplot2 figure, and save the output … Continue Reading