Congratulations to Emily Edmonds for receiving an Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award to help support her research in our lab!
April travels to the UK, delivers the US report on introduced species for 2019, and gives a talk at WGITMO (March 4-6 2019).
I was able to attend my first Working Group on Introduction and Transfers of Marine Organisms (WGITMO) meeting through the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). It was a fantastic experience meeting really amazing people from the ICES nations within the North Atlantic. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Several Blakeslee lab members attended the March 2019 Southeastern Estuarine Research Society meeting in Wilmington, NC, including Chris Moore (PhD student), Tim Lee (PhD student), and Corey Winkler (undergraduate honors student). And in extra exciting news, Chris won the award for best student oral presentation!
I was a bit swamped in the fall 2018 so am a little behind on my posts here. So they have all come at once! Please see below for all the interesting things that happened in our lab this fall, including awards, presentations, conferences, field work, outreach, and Becca graduating!
Based on Chris' NC Sea Grant fellowship award from 2018, his research was featured in NC Sea Grant's "Coastwatch Currents" publication. The write-up can be found here: https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/currents/2019/01/parasites-partners-in-coastal-restoration/
This research was also featured in an ECU story here: https://rede.ecu.edu/2018/01/29/ecu-graduate-student-awarded-fellowship-for-work-with-marine-parasites/
Becca was hooded for December graduation on December 14, 2018. It was bittersweet!! Becca is the first graduate student to complete her work in my lab at ECU. We will miss her! Congratulations to Master Becca!
Amy Fowler and I received funding from MAPAIS to set up a new project looking at invasive snails and diatoms in the watersheds of Maryland. Below are some pictures from our chilly survey deployments.
Becca successfully defended her master's thesis on November 9th to a packed and enthusiastic crowd! Her thesis title was: A Crab Trilogy: influence of parasites on interactions and interrelations among two introduced and one native crab”. We were all very proud! See images below.
Tim Lee is featured in the AERS newsletter (July 2018 edition) after his winning poster presentation at the April AERS meeting
Above is a screenshot of the newsletter with the information on Tim. You can find the whole newsletter at: https://aers.info/Newsletters. Congrats to Tim!
On Halloween (10/31), I was invited to give a talk at the NC Museum of Natural History for their #LunchTimeDiscovery series. My talk was aptly titled, "Invasion of the body snatchers: parasites that create zombies." It was a fun venue to talk about all the amazing things that parasites do from a biological, ecological, and evolutionary perspective! With a couple very cool videos in there too. The talk was recorded and if interested, you can watch it here: livestream.com/naturalsciences/dailyplanet/videos/182854188
Below are some images during the talk that were live Tweeted during my talk by @NorthCarolinaEE.