Are you a picky eater? Not as picky as a mussel. Dr. Maria Rosa, Connecticut College, studies how mussels feed and how picky they are about what they eat. Learn more about how mussels select their food in today’s comic: mussel meals.
Remember shipworms? The “worms” that are actually clams that eat wood? Well, get ready to have your mind blown… I mean rocked. New research describes a unique species of shipworm that can eat rocks. That’s right. ROCKS. Learn more about these rock-eating worm wannabes in today’s comic: rockin’ worm.
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.
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.