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Kelp!

Who doesn’t love a good Beatles parody? These bryozoans certainly do. Learn more about baby bryozoans and their great quest for the perfect kelp blade to settle down on before becoming adults in today’s comic: kelp quest.

It’s also about time I did a comic on the bryozoan, Membranipora membranacea, since part of my dissertation is dedicated to research on them. Learn more about these cuties and their kelp preferences.

 

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“Strong”ylocentrotus

What? Let me explain. Pink fragile sea urchins (genus Strongylocentrotus) really put the “strong” in Strongylocentrotus. Research done by Friday Harbor Labs Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Kirk Sato, shows that differences in natural environmental oxygen and pH conditions can cause differences in urchin skeleton strength. Learn more in today’s comic: “Strong”-ylocentrotus.

Learn some fast facts about the pink urchin …And if you are feeling really “strong”, check out Kirk’s paper.

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sneaky snack

You know the saying…”slow and steady wins the race”… or the snack. That might be true for sea slugs…sometimes. Dr. Jim Murray (CSU East Bay) studies the neurobiology and sensory systems and behavior of the sea slug Tritonia tetraquetra and how they chemically detect their prey.  Learn more in today’s comic: sneaky snack.

And watch this Tritonia attack its prey…s…l…o…w…l…y…

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barnacle buddies

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.