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… 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 under the cnidarian section, you will find that most cnidarian toxins are derived from sea anemones (Class Anthozoa, order Actiniaria). My first literature review is a paper…… Continue reading Sea Anemones, Peptide Super Heros
One of my outreach activities is a jellyfish common name guessing game, where we ask participants to guess the hilarious names such like pink meanies, snotties, sea tomatoes, and blue blubbers. Of all the jellies, most folks can immediately guess the Egg-yolk Jellyfish, Phacellophora camtschatica. Like a fried egg swimming in the sea.... The species… 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 stereotypical look that the word “jellyfish” most folks conjure up in their mind: large, round bell, tentacles coming out from the edges and semi-transparent with… Continue reading So When You Say Jellyfish? Three Definitions, Explained
If I am going to blog about venom, I would be remiss to not write a “venom versus poison” post right from the get-go. The misuse of “venom” and “poison” is a pet peeve widely shared within the field of biology, let alone within the specialized field of toxinology. And yes, I said TOXINology, not…… Continue reading You Have Never Been Stung by a Poisonous Jellyfish: Venom vs. Poison vs. Toxin
At least I am pretty sure it is, took me a majority of the day to figure out how to get this blog put together. But fingers crossed it worked. Probably best to say up front I have never really had a life-long desire to start a blog, least not one that was somewhat personal.…… Continue reading My first post!