Ryan honored in new species name

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Mizuki Sasaki, Osamu Miura, and Minoru Nakao honor Ryan by naming a newly described species of trematode after him: Philophthalmis hechingeri. Ryan had first recognized the redia and cercaria stages of this species from their first intermediate host snail in Japan in 2003. In 2007, he provided a description of those stages and gave it a provisional name (the latter because he didn’t have adult stages). Using molecular genetics, Sasaki et al. found that an adult Philophthalmus recently reported infecting the eye of a person was the same species that Ryan had described from the snail! They then experimentally got and described the adult stage, and named the species after Ryan for the original discovery and description.

Anaí wins two Departmental and University awards!

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Congratulations to Anaí, who was awarded SIO’s outstanding TA award for her excellent work last Fall TAing Introduction to Marine Biology, which is the gateway upper division class for the Marine Biology major. She also won UCSD’s Inclusive Excellence award for her outstanding work at SIO and UCSD involving Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Anaí wins Best Talk at WSN 2021

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Anaí impressed the judges with her talk, “Do host populations consistently differ in their levels or types of parasitism throughout their geographic ranges”, at the (virtual) annual conference of the Western Society of Naturalists. Stiff competition there! Congratulations!

Goodbye Andrew! :(

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After helping Ryan run the lab for 6 years, Andrew makes a move to North Carolina. Although he will be sorely missed, we wish him the best (and hope to get him back again someday). Thanks for all of your efforts Andrew!

Alexandria successfully defends her thesis!

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Via Zoom, Alex easily passed her MS thesis defense today. She tackled several of the remaining taxonomic and life cycle problems in our horn snail trematode guild, conducting an impressive amount of high quality, well-rounded species and life cycle descriptions. She now leaves us to start on her PhD with Skylar Hopkins at North Carolina State. Congrats Alex!