Ryan, Kate, and Andrew return from a successful few days at Morro Bay, where they collected birds for parasitology.
We’ve just been notified that the Nowegian Research Council will fund our collaborative project with Oyvind Overli, from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Aas, to work on the neurobiology and ecology of the famous killifish behavior-modifying, trematode parasite, Euhaplorchis californiensis.
Ryan was invited to join other researchers and NSF & NASA program officers in New Orleans (just before the Ocean Sciences Meetings) to figure out what sort of research could best increase our understanding of the global biological carbon pump. Ryan’s main goal–in addition to checking out NOLA–was to help get “parasites” included whenever “consumers” were mentioned, and to promote considering how parasitoids (viruses or otherwise) influence carbon sinking rates by “blowing up” unicellular plankton. The mission appeared to be a success, in that good times were had by all and that understanding the role of parasites repeatedly came out as a top priority.