Four years ago I published a paper that identified the sea star associated densovirus (SSaDV) as the best candidate culprit for sea star wasting disease. Eight months later, my dad passed away from a rare condition called “myelodysplastic syndrome”, which is a heterogeneous group of diseases that manifest with similar symptoms. Often in biology and … More New Paper on Sea Star Wasting
Originally posted on Team Aquatic Virus at Cornell:
Faculty at Cornell are eligible every 12 semesters for academic sabbatical. While this often conjures talk of a “working holiday” or “extended vacation”, in fact a sabbatical is nothing of the sort – it’s a chance for faculty to hit the “refresh” button by working differently from…
…pretty much nothing and everything’s been happening. The last year (technically 15 months…) has been a busy time for the project(s… more about this later). In the last episode, Ian had just returned from the Aquatic Virus Workshop in Plymouth, UK, and we were expecting sea star wasting to kick in sometime in September – … More Ummm… what’s been going on?
Summer in Ithaca is usually a time for summer-ish things, like hiking and biking and walking and kayaking. We celebrate the sun being out, temperatures being warm, and the days being long. Because in a few months the sun will be hidden, the temperatures cold, and the days being shorter than business hours. Summer is … More August and September… The Season for SSWD
Well, that was a lot of information in a short time! 45 talks, 23 posters, 3 days – all useful and interesting information! Ian presented a talk on recent historical analysis and RNA viruses associated with SSWD at the meeting, which was a little different for most attendees. The AVW was established in 1998 as … More 8th Aquatic Virus Workshop
After returning home to Ithaca for 10 days to catch up (‘dig out’) with work, Ian is back on the road, this time back to the UK to the 8th Aquatic Virus Workshop in Plymouth, Devon, UK. This workshop brings together the top marine virologists on the planet for a bi- (or tri-)ennial collection of … More 8th Aquatic Virus Workshop – Plymouth UK
Week 3 of Ian’s world odyssey saw Ian depart Norway early morning on the 18th for the trip down to Ajaccio, Corsica (France). Corsica is one of the most difficult places to fly to in Europe thanks to French laws that see most flights leaving from secondary airports (like Paris Orly). Making the trip more … More Adventure Continues: 2016 International Parvovirus Workshop