Genomics, Biodiversity, and Antarctica – three of my favourite things! For all you expedition junkies, these three things are exactly the focus of the 2013 “Ivy Inverts” cruise. My Gulf oil spill collaborator at Auburn University, Ken Halanych (along with an international team of students and colleagues), is currently steaming towards Antarctica aboard the Research . . . → Read More: “Icy Inverts” 2013 Cruise – Scientific Adventures in Antarctic Waters
Jenny Schmidt from U. Illinois and her co-authors have uncovered a fascinating nugget of biology of the whale shark in a recent (and Open Access – w00t!) paper in Endangered Species Research. In it, they continue the analysis of embryos collected from a heavily pregnant female first reported by Joung et al. (1996) in a . . . → Read More: Who’s your daddy?
Everyone knows what DNA is–the genetic code, the building block of life, what catches the criminals in CSI. But do you know how scientists harness the awesome power of DNA in their everyday research? Marine science (like any other science these days) is becoming more and more reliant on genetic information. DNA can tell us . . . → Read More: The Ghetto Guide to Genetics
Acropora millepora aquarium colony grown from fragment, www.reefclub.or.kr One of the defining decision points of life: Settle-down and make a living close to the familiar particulars of your birthplace or venture out to get a fresh start and be exposed to additional opportunities and experiences that “somewhere else” could open up. In addition to vexing . . . → Read More: Red Means Go: Coral, Color, and Climate Change
Dr. M’s article in Wired truly stirred something in me this morning. We need to put names on things. I’m a scientist who has always strived to be integrative—I believe you need to understand all sides of a debate in order to fix the root of the problem. I’ve tried everything from traditional nematode taxonomy, . . . → Read More: Biodiversity crisis-a call to arms for scientists?
Editor’s Note: Genomic Repairman is a friend I’ve gotten to know through Twitter (@genrepair). He is a semi-cultured, good-natured graduate student in biomedical sciences who escaped out of the deep south and now focuses on using genetics and biochemistry to elucidate DNA repair in cells. He blogs at Tales From a Genomic Repairman. I . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Why cancer researchers think fish are cool
Remember Dr. M’s recent disturbing post about the quelling of independent science in the Gulf? I can now officially announce that my lab was one of the recipients of the rapid response research grants awarded by the National Science Foundation—hurrah! I’m the postdoc assigned to this project, which aims to characterize pre-spill meiofaunal community structure . . . → Read More: Follow Dr. Bik to the Gulf!
A recent PLoS One paper by Birky and colleagues attempts to define species for asexual animals using the theoretical framework that has been developed by population geneticists. Many species concepts focus on reproductive isolation and are not applicable for defining what is necessary and sufficient for delimiting what species are in non-sexually reproducing organisms slike . . . → Read More: ResearchBlogCast #11: A Population Genetics Species Concept?
Sometimes I find it really frustrating that all we ever talk about is species (granted, I am very guilty of this too). Is it new? Where is it found? Where isn’t it found? Where do we put it on the tree of life? Does it need protection? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz… The question I wished we asked . . . → Read More: If I had my way, we’d just sequence everything
An occasional series where we briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! ———————————- Symphurus sp. collected from Macauley Volcano; scale is 5 cm long. Courtesy M. Clark (NIWA). The western Pacific is broken land, plates are crashing every which way creating earthquakes and volcanoes from Russian Kamchatka to New Zealand. . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Divergent Flatfish, Eavesdropping Fiddler Crabs, Hurricanes Kill Urchins