ship(worm) shape?

Definition: “Ship shape” –  neat and orderly.

Definition: “Shipworm shape” – full of holes and a damn mess.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology REU student Tiffany Spendiff studies those pesky but cute wood-burrowing shipworms and their appetites for different types of wood. Check out today’s comic, ship shape to learn more about shipworms.

Want to know more? Check out Tiffany’s blog from her summer research.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Even parasites deserve a Thanksgiving feast!

Undergraduate researcher Sarah Colosimo in the Wood Lab at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences studies parasitic worms which feast on the gut content of harbor seals in Puget Sound (and gave a terrific talk about her work at WSN 2018!). Learn more in today’s comic, the second installment of “Interviews with Invertebrates… within Vertebrates”: gastric gathering

Happy Thanksgiving from Interviews with Invertebrates!

trilobite thriller

‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast [fossil?] about to strike

Can you tell I’m ready for Halloween? You better watch out for those spooky ghosts of invertebrates past (…fossils). Learn more about extinct trilobites and the fossils they leave behind in today’s comic: trilobite thriller

Also, be sure to check out the trilobite fossil gallery at the American Museum of Natural History and follow the hashtag #TrilobiteTuesday for weekly trilobite fun.

Need some more spooky facts? Learn more here.