This week, we welcomed Sarah Colosimo back to the Wood Lab! Sarah was a capstone student last year, and now that she has graduated she is joining us as a Laboratory Technician. Sarah will be working on our NSF-funded project investigating biodiversity and disease on coral reefs. We’re so excited to have you back, Sarah!
We’re excited to announce that Sara Faiad will join the Wood Lab as a PhD student in September 2019! Sara will join our ongoing NSF-funded project to assess the relationship between host diversity and parasite abundance across an 18-island gradient of human disturbance in the central equatorial Pacific. We’re all looking forward to your arrival, Sara!
A new paper out in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment describes the potential for natural history collections to serve as sources of information about parasites of the past. The paper was led by museology graduate student Alaina Harmon, who conducted an independent study in the Wood Lab in 2017. The cover art makes us wonder about all the parasites hidden away in those jars…
We’re excited to announce that Whitney Preisser will join the Wood Lab in September 2019! Whitney will be working to document long-term change in the diversity of marine parasites, using preserved fish specimens from the UW Ichthyology Collection. We can’t wait to see what you find out, Whitney!
A recent article in Hakai Magazine discussed long-term change in the abundance of marine parasites, highlighting findings on anisakid nematodes currently being written up by MS students Evan Fiorenza and Catrin Wendt and on Clavinema mariae “blood worm” parasites of English sole, from an already-published manuscript led by former undergrad Ingrid Howard. The original Hakai article has been picked up by other outlets as well.
From Our Point of View (FPV) has produced a short video on Sarah Colosimo’s journey to a career in marine biology, touching on her motivation to conserve marine mammals and her fascination with their gut parasites! Check it out here.