tide bite

The last installment of our Black in STEM series features my good friend, fellow University of Washington graduate student and super cool marine ecologist: Mo Turner!

Who’s hungry for some junk food? These sea stars certainly are. Mo studies all things sea stars and is a champion of who-eats-who in the intertidal. Learn more in today’s comic: tide bite.

Learn more about Mo’s research and check out some previous comics that have featured projects Mo has been a part of: urchin searchin and scan all stars

I’ll be taking another short break after this series but, like always, you can keep the invertebrate fun going with the full comic collection!

salty sea stars

We’re continuing our Black in STEM series with Dr. Sophie George, professor at Georgia Southern University, who studies baby marine invertebrates and how they respond to changing ocean salinity.

Why so salty? Baby sea stars are good swimmers but their skills can change depending on ocean salinity. Learn more in today’s comic: salty sea stars

Learn more about Dr. George and check out a paper or two of hers that inspired today’s comic.


You know what they say – it’s inner beauty that counts. And these sea stars definitely shine from the inside out!

Researchers Mo Turner and Cassandra Donatelli at Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington have started an initiative to CT scan all sea stars to learn more about what they look like on the inside and what that can tell us about their structure and ecology. Learn more about this project in today’s comic: #ScanAllStars

Want more? Follow #ScanAllStars on twitter to see the latest from this project newly introduced at this year’s Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting.