Does being around your friends take the heat off you? For these barnacles, that’s definitely the case. Learn about how barnacle body temperatures are affected by others around them in today’s comic: barnacle buddies. Today’s comic is dedicated to my friend and fellow University of Washington graduate student Will King who defends his PhD on barnacles in a warming world today!
Barnacles are crazy critters. Get some fast facts here.
Have you ever been stuck between a rock and hard place? You have no idea. Learn about tiny worms that live in the tight spaces between sand grains in the ocean in today’s comic: sand and seek.
I love making new friends who study weird invertebrates. This week’s comic was inspired by research by graduate student Will Ballentine from Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Today’s comic is for my friend – and soon to be Dr. – Kaitlyn Lowder , who defends her PhD today! She studies California Spiny Lobsters and how changes in ocean chemistry influence their ability to defend themselves against predators. Learn more about how California Spiny Lobsters defend themselves in today’s comic: decapod defenses.
Looking for more? Learn more here and watch this lobster take on a moray eel!
Think you need glasses? Probably not as much as an octopus in low oxygen conditions. New *eye-opening* research by lead author Lillian McCormick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, shows that exposure to low oxygen levels can render some invertebrate larvae almost blind. Imagine if you lost your vision every time you held your breath! Learn more in today’s comic: octopus optometrist
Still curious? Learn more here.
Feeling ambitious? Check out the actual scientific article here.
Think you are good under pressure? Probably not as good as the deep sea amphipod Hirondellea gigas. Recent research shows these little guys manage the intense pressure of the deep ocean by making their own suit of armor. Literally. Learn more in today’s comic: amphipod armor.
Feeling pressured to learn more? Check out the study here.
The path we take to adulthood is full of twists and turns and bad haircuts…not unlike these krill. Learn more about the krill life cycle in today’s comic: krillin’ it
Today’s comic was a really special one for me to make. It’s in honor of my good friend, fellow grad student and mentor Anna McLaskey who is DEFENDING HER PHD TODAY! Anna studies how krill and other zooplankton are affected by changing ocean conditions. I am so proud of all she has accomplished and am excited to follow her journey as a scientist. In short, she’s krillin’ it.
Learn more about krill and their life cycle here.
Hold on to your hats folks – these copepods are ready for the Kentucky Derby! Are you? To learn more about these racing invertebrates, check out today’s comic: copepod derby.
Learn more about these derby contenders here.
P.S. Seahorses aren’t invertebrates, they’re fish.
While you were eagerly awaiting the terrestrial Easter bunny this past weekend, I was seeking out the marine one, the sea hare. Learn more about this underwater “bunny” that’s not really a bunny at all in today’s comic: bogus bunny
Hoping for more (…or should I say hopping)? Learn more here.
How are you feeling today? Probably better than these corals. Learn more about coral diseases in today’s comic: sea sickness. Today’s comic is inspired by Dr. Drew Harvell’s (Cornell University) new book Ocean Outbreak about marine diseases hot off the presses!
Still itching for more? Learn more about coral diseases here and check out the book Ocean Outbreak to learn about many types of marine epidemics.
What’s for lunch? Probably not a nematode…unless you are also a nematode! Nematode worms are known cannibals, but new research shows that they can actually recognize their relatives and will avoid eating them. Learn more about these cannibalistic worms in today’s comic: nematode noodles
Hungry for more? Check out the study for yourself, just out in Science.