Well, Spring has finally sprung in Ithaca (even though it sprang months ago elsewhere…), which means that Cornell’s teaching semester is over, and Ian has more time to update this blog. It’s been a busy one – in addition to Ian teaching two classes (a class in Biological Oceanography – see the last post – … More Sea Stars Around The World
Well, that was another two months of frantic work for the Team Aquatic Virus. We’ve been been busy in the lab following up on samples from the January research cruise in the Pacific Northwest. The team’s been joined by senior Victor Biguma, who has been working with fellow student researchers Chaunte Lewis and Mitch Johnson … More Undergraduate Projects!
Woah – 2 months flies by! It’s not that we haven’t been working really, really hard in the lab, it’s that we’ve just had so little time to update everyone on the team’s work. After returning from Seattle and adventures in the Puget Sound, Ian and Elliot’s feet were barely on the ground before we … More Radio Silence on Sea Stars for 2 Months Means…
On Thursday and Friday, 14-15 January, Ian and Elliot participated in the “Sea Star Wasting Summit” at the Seattle Aquarium (sponsored by the Aquarium and Boeing Corporation). Collaborator Lesanna Lahner, chief vet at the Aquarium organized the symposium to bring together researchers across the geographic range of the disease to discuss research results and future … More Sea Star Wasting Summit
Day 5 started with an early departure from Bellingham, heading southbound towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca to sample sites on the Olympic National Park [edit: Olympic Peninsula – not the Olympic National Park!]. This necessitated quite the haul for the morning – the vessel didn’t reach Smith Island, about 2/3 the way to … More Cruise Days 5 and 6: Long transits, healthy stars
Day 4 started for the team with a gorgeous morning at one of the world’s foremost research facilities, the Friday Harbor Marine Labs, which is affiliated with the University of Washington (owners of the Clifford A. Barnes). Ian had visited Friday Harbor back in 1999 long before starting his PhD work; its amazing that it really … More Cruise Day 4: Mud, mud, and boulders
This morning the team set off from Port Townsend after a quick evening, heading north towards the San Juan Islands. Severe losses of sea stars had been reported in these waters by various collaborators, so we are keen to see what lies beneath the waves- and beneath where scientific and recreational divers had reported sea … More Cruise Day 3: Northwards to Echinoderm Heaven!