We’re continuing our Black in STEM series with Dr. Sophie George, professor at Georgia Southern University, who studies baby marine invertebrates and how they respond to changing ocean salinity.
Why so salty? Baby sea stars are good swimmers but their skills can change depending on ocean salinity. Learn more in today’s comic: salty sea stars
Learn more about Dr. George and check out a paper or two of hers that inspired today’s comic.
Next up in our Black in STEM series is Dr. Andrew David, Assistant Professor at Clarkson University, who studies oysters and the parasites they harbor!
Sometimes looking cool comes at a cost. Nobody knows this better than the oysters in today’s comic: shell style. Check it out!
Learn more about Dr. David here and check out his recent article that inspired today’s comic!
What’s all the buzz about? It’s our next Black in STEM series scientist Michelle Boone, PhD student at University of Minnesota, who studies the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (also the official state bee of Minnesota!). Learn more about the plight of the bumble bees in today’s comic: hive archive
Also, be sure to learn more about Michelle, and the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, and check out this paper co-authored by Michelle!
We’re continuing our Black in STEM series with Dr. Jessica Ware, entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History who studies the evolution and ecology of dragonflies and other cool insects!
Do you like to travel? Sorry, but these dragonflies definitely have more wanderlust than you. Genetic analyses done by Dr. Ware and lab show that dragonflies of the species Pantala flavescens frequently travel extremely long distances such that there is only one single interconnected global population! Learn more in today’s comic: frequent fliers
Learn more about Dr. Ware, and about the dragonfly study or go ahead and check out the actual scientific paper for yourself!
We’re back and starting off our Black In STEM series strong with my good friend, fellow grad student and kick-ass oceanographer Isaiah Bolden!
Do you need to relax? Try taking some pointers from corals. Isaiah Bolden (graduate student, University of Washington School of Oceanography) studies how corals control the chemistry on coral reefs by collectively “inhaling” and “exhaling” as they photosynthesize and respire. Learn more in today’s comic: reef rhythm
Learn more about Isaiah here, and if you are feeling fancy check out his recent scientific paper.
Hello again, folks. It’s been only a few short (…long) months since my last comic. We are still enduring a pandemic and have seen racial injustices reach what will hopefully be a much-needed watershed moment. I hope many of you have been following other science communication outlets over the past few weeks, like Black Birders Week, which have both celebrated Black ecologists and naturalists, and highlighted struggles and the very real need for diversity in science. I’ve been very inspired by these initiatives and acknowledge that is necessary for each of us to do our part to affect change in the avenues of influence that are available to us. While it may not be groundbreaking, this webcomic is the broadest platform I have available to lend support. So, I’ll be bringing back new comics again starting this Wednesday to exclusively amplify the research of Black invertebrate scientists over the next several weeks. As a Latina in science myself, I understand the value and power of representation in STEM, and I am excited to promote and amplify the science of some awesome Black scientists. Get ready invertebrate nerds!
Here be dragons…in the mud! Rebecca Varney, PhD student at University of Alabama, studies the microscopic mud dragons, more scientifically known as Kinorhynchs. Learn more about the dragons of the invertebrates in today’s comic: dragon dreams
Check out more about mud dragons here and learn about the brand new Kinorhynch species described by Rebecca.
Today marks my 125th week drawing comics! This week I learned about blanket octopuses and they are pretty dang cool looking. While they may look just like “blankets” they are anything but. Learn more about the blanket octopus in today’s comic: sham sham
Learn more about these interesting invertebrates here.
For all you single people looking for love this Valentines Day, the fireflies are right there with you. Recent research finds that light pollution is disrupting mating rituals of fireflies. Learn more in today’s comic: firefly finder
Keep the love going. Learn more here. Or read the scientific paper.