But all fieldwork has unexpected issues. Mine was odor. For some reason it didn't occur to me that shells that had been hanging out underwater would be hosting algae and barnacles that would start to reek as it decomposed. I also evicted a few snails while I was at Bocas, but some slime and fleshy bits remained... And I brought everything back in my checked luggage.
Thus, Garage Lab was born. Well, constructed/organized. Dan (for some reason) had decided to make a work table a few months ago, and a rather beat-up up silicon baking mat allowed me a cleanable surface to work on. I had Dan cut a hole in a clear tote for a "hood" to contain the shell dust. I borrowed some gloves, storage tubes, and squirt bottles from the lab. I purchased a slightly-fancy Dremel tool and definitely-fancy diamond-coated bits. Finally, after slathering on some SPF, I donned a particulate face mask and safety glasses, put on my "This is what a scientist looks like" t-shirt so the neighbors wouldn't ask questions, and went to work.