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EuroEvoDevo 2018

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 the main conference. It was at this satellite meeting where I would give my first talk. About 50-60 graduate students and lab heads from cnidarian labs all over the world

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Octopi Venom, Directly to the Eyeball

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 prey. Directly to the eyeball. Terrifying as that is (imagine the last thing you ever see are jaws puncturing your eyes, leaving you blind and paralyzed), this is a pretty

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Fieldwork Evolution

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 they got into their field, the stereotype is they spent a lot of time outside as a kid, playing with creepy crawlies on the ground or catching frogs. I certainly

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Sea Anemones, Peptide Super Heros

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 under the cnidarian section, you will notice most of these toxins are derived from sea anemones (Class Anthozoa, order Actiniaria). My first literature review is a paper about these “quiet

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Species spotlight: Egg Yolk Jellies

One of my favorite activities for outreach are two sheets of beautiful jellyfish photos my lab mate and I made, all with hilarious common names. Of all the different species, most folks can immediately guess the Egg-yolk Jellyfish, Phacellophora camtschatica. P. camtschatica are true jellyfish (Class Scyphozoa, Family Ulmaridae) often confused with the Lion’s Mane’s (Family Cyaneidae). An easy way

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