NExt trip to alaska in march
Well the reservations have been made! Over spring break 2020 I'll be heading to Anchorage, Alaska to learn about the collection of and culture of cestodes (aka tapeworms). These will be used in experimental infections of plankton over the course of the next year. Many updates to follow :)
Special delivery of seabirds!
Working with NOAA's Alaska Longline Fishery program, I have just gotten a new shipment of Northern Fulmars (NOFU) that I will use to train undergraduate students at Frostburg State University on the methods of parasitology and plastic ecology.
Spring 2020, we will be collecting and keeping planktonic copepods in out environmental chambers. This will require cultures of their food (protozoans) and long-term maintenance of many generations of these tiny arthropods. I will be advertising for 4 paid undergraduate positions to help with this work over the summer of 2020 - so check back for more!