A recent Twitter campaign, #SkypeaScientistQuestions, inspired me to write down some of the most common and most creative questions that I have gotten over the last six sessions with various … Continue Reading Skype a Scientist Question Roundup – Fall 2018 and Fall 2019
I’ll be honest, when I started graduate school two years ago I believed I was “bad” at social media. I was inconsistent at best with platforms like Facebook and Snapchat, … Continue Reading How Twitter has helped me in graduate school
Two jellies have contributed to Nobel Prize winning research: The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1913 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008. In both cases the … Continue Reading Man-of-War venom, and the discovery of anaphylaxis
On 3 December 2018, the first jellyfish genome was published online at Nature Ecology and Evolution. To clarify, the is the first genome of a cnidarian with a jellyfish stage (i.e. medusa). … Continue Reading Stung by a Moon – Celebration of the Aurelia aurita genome
As the winter chill is setting in around Lawrence, a few annual outreach events have come and gone. As co-chairs of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Outreach Committee this year, I … Continue Reading Spooky Science and Girl Scout Expo!
My first visit to the National Aquarium was also a behind-the-scenes tour of the jellyfish room with Jennie Janssen (@JellyJanssen). I was completely mesmerized by hundreds of jellies in various … Continue Reading So many jelly photos!
A couple of weeks ago, New York Times’s science writer Carl Zimmer wrote about a recent review by Hays et al (2018), which asked: how important are jellyfish in marine … Continue Reading Jellyfish are Good Eatin’!
I wanted to share my post to for the Smithsonian NMNH Invertebrate Zoology Department blog, No Bones, about some of the work I did over the summer. Enjoy! http://nmnh.typepad.com/no_bones/2018/08/stinging-snot-at-the-smithsonian.html
I am busy cranking away at the Smithsonian NMNH, but I wanted to share some photos of one of my favorite complex animal features: the stinging cell! Stinging cells house … Continue Reading Stinging Cells from the Summer!
In the 95F heat, jetlagged, and arriving in DC less than 24 hours prior, I cannot describe how happy I was to do a little jellyfish outreach with the interns … Continue Reading Lives of Jellies at the Mall!
For my first conference in graduate school, I went international! The European Evolutionary and Developmental Biology Conference 2018 took place in Galway, Ireland, and included a Cnidaria Satellite Meeting before … Continue Reading EuroEvoDevo 2018
I was inspired by a segment on the first show of Science Friday’s Cephalopod Week when Dr. Janet Voight (12:11 – 13:44) casually mentioned how the Curled Octopus envenomates its crustacean … Continue Reading Octopi Venom, Directly to the Eyeball
I had the opportunity for a little “working” vacation back in Ohio. And by working, I of course mean hardcore creeking. For science. When biologists or naturalists are asked how … Continue Reading Fieldwork Evolution
Review of: J. Prentis, P., Pavasovic, A., & S Norton, R. (2018). Sea Anemones: Quiet Achievers in the Field of Peptide Toxins. Toxins, 10(1), 36. DOI:10.3390/toxins10010036 If you search the VenomZone website and look … Continue Reading Sea Anemones, Peptide Super Heros
One of my outreach activities is a guessing game using two sheets of beautiful jellyfish photos my lab mate and I put together. Participants are asked to guess the hilarious … Continue Reading Species spotlight: Egg Yolk Jellies
When I am giving a presentation at outreach events, I usually start with a slide of a sea nettle in the center of a black screen. Sea nettles have that … Continue Reading So When You Say Jellyfish? Three Definitions, Explained