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.
Another comic inspired by WSN 2018! Marco Corrales-Ugalde, graduate student in the Sutherland Lab at the University of Oregon, studies how jellyfish swimming behaviors affect what types of food they can catch. Are you jelly? Check out today’s comic: sink or swim to learn more!
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!
Last week I attended the Western Society of Naturalists meeting in Tacoma, WA and got lots of ideas for upcoming comics. University of Washington grad student and anemone guy Chris Wells taught me a thing or two about the super tall Giant Plumose anemones. Check it out in today’s comic: towering tentacles
Who’s doing No Shave November? These fuzzy caterpillars definitely are. Check out today’s comic: larval locks to learn more about why some caterpillars are so hairy.
Need more? Find out what happens when caterpillars get a haircut
BOO! Happy Halloween from the vampire squid! Learn more about these scary-sounding but actually not-so-spooky invertebrates in today’s comic: scary squid.
Haven’t quenched your thirst for knowledge (…or blood)? Learn more from this awesome Science Friday (NPR) video.
‘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.
Preparing for a spooky Halloween? These sand dollar larvae are literally splitting themselves from fear. Sand dollar larvae clone themselves as a defense strategy against scary predators. Check out today’s comic: dividing dollars to learn more.
Pretty spooky huh? Learn more here.
Everybody loves a good poop joke, especially the Beautiful Wood Nymph moth. Check out today’s comic: flying feces to learn more about why this moth looks like poop.
Still curious? Learn more.
Have you been following the E/V Nautilus as they explore the depths of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument? I have and it’s been awesome! This week’s comic is brought to you by some newly discovered super old corals and a love of Star Wars…check out today’s comic: return of the coral.
Check out Nautilus ancient coral footage and live stream to learn more!