A former summer intern of my lab (up in Long Island), Laura Moritzen, has recently published her summer research on Palaemon grass shrimp and their abundance/distributions in natural and artificial habitats. It's very exciting to see this work published!
Distribution and tidal variation of palaemonid shrimps (Decapoda: Caridea: Palaemonidae) in artificial and natural habitats
Laura C Moritzen, Michael Roy, Gabriela W Smalley, April M H Blakeslee
Journal of Crustacean Biology, https://doi.org/10.1093/jcbiol/ruy017
Published: 01 March 2018
We had a rainy start to our day but then it was absolutely beautiful by the end! We got some really great and enthusiastic assistance from several citizen scientists at our two sites at Goose Creek State Park. Here are some images courtesy of Vickie Pointer, and a few additional ones taken by myself at the bottom. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and helped us collect crabs, fish, and count associated organisms with our crab condos!
Chris is featured in a recent news article from NC Sea Grant about his NC Sea Grant / NC NERR Fellowship!
The article can be found here: https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/news/2018/01/2018-coastal-research-fellow/
I will be teaching a Marine Parasitology & Disease Course at Shoals Marine Lab this summer. Please pass along!
MARINE PARASITOLOGY AND DISEASE
June 11, 2018 to June 18, 2018
One semester of college-level biology or equivalent.
This course will focus on one of the most diverse and fascinating groups of marine organisms—parasites. The course will explore marine parasites and pathogens at multiple levels, including: (1) the evolutionary perspective with an emphasis on co-evolutionary relationships; (2) parasitic diseases and life cycles (from simple to complex); (3) taxonomic and phylogenetic understanding of parasite and host groups (with a focus on metazoan parasites and hosts); (4) ecological implications of parasitism in marine systems—at the population, community, and ecosystem levels; and (5) the effects of human-induced global change on parasitism in marine communities.
Students enrolled in Marine Parasitology and Disease will:
Dr. April Blakeslee: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, East Carolina University
Dr. April Blakeslee is a marine ecologist and conservation biologist, focusing on invasion biology, parasite ecology, evolutionary ecology, and biogeography. As an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC), she has developed a diverse research program involving undergraduate and graduate students. Specific to parasites, Dr. Blakeslee explores global distribution patterns and biogeography, population genetics and population ecology in native and non-native populations, community ecology and host-parasite interactions of native and non-native organisms (including host behavior, physiology, and genetics), and parasites as conservation tools. She has been performing research at SML on marine parasitology and disease for the past 15 years.
For more information please go to: https://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/course/marine-parasitology-and-disease
PARASITE ECOLOGY INTERNSHIP
The Isles of Shoals represent an exceptional location for exploring parasite diversity in multi-host parasite systems (particularly trematode parasites) that include intertidal invertebrates and shorebirds. Previous work at Shoals Marine Laboratory has resulted in interesting patterns in parasite prevalence of intermediate hosts around the islands, as well as influences on host foraging behavior and physiology. The Parasite Ecology Intern will collect parasite diversity data in invertebrate hosts on Appledore Island, assist with experiments that induce infection in intermediate hosts, and explore host behavior in the lab and the field. Interns will learn how to identify trematode parasite species using a microscope, how to induce an infection gradient in host crabs, set-up and run behavior and predation experiments, and can use what they learn from this and past work to design a related project. The intern will be a part of the larger SML Research Internship cohort and will participate in weekly discussions and lectures.
Previous coursework in ecology and marine biology is recommended. Previous experience at SML is preferred, but not required. Relevant SML courses include: Ecology & the Marine Environment, Evolution & Marine Diversity, Field Marine Invertebrate Biology, and the Shoals Research Apprenticeship.
Mentor: Dr. April Blakeslee (East Carolina University)
Dates: June 4 – August 13, 2018 (10 weeks)
SML Research Symposium: August 11, 2018
Includes room & board for 10 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end of the internship.
One intern will be selected.
For more information, please go to: https://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/parasite-ecology-internship
Congratulations to Chris Moore for receiving the 2018 North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve’s Coastal Research Fellowship
More to come on this soon! But very exciting!
Estuarium exhibit and zombie crab research featured in NC Sea Grant's publication, Coastwatch (Holiday Edition)
Images of the hard copy of the magazine above. Below are links to the online article:
Very excited about the Estuarium exhibit and to have our research in the region featured!
Congratulations to Tim Lee for receiving a ECU Coastal Maritime Council (CMC) Student Research Award!
Tim recently received a competitive CMC student research award for his proposal-based submission. This will help him jump-start his summer research on the impacts of an invasive seaweed on community structure from a biogeographic perspective. Congratulations, Tim!
This semester we have been very fortunate to have a visiting student from Guangdong Ocean University (Guangdong Province, China) with us. He has been very helpful to the lab, assisting on a multitude of projects both in the field and the lab. We will miss you, Niu!