Coral Propagation

Students and I are working in out coral wetlab to grow and propagate corals. We are looking at Acropora, Montopora and Ricordea. We are experimenting with different levels of lighting, water chemistry and plug substrates to try and find the best methods of growing these organisms.

Terrestrial Tardigrades of Maine

I am studying the terrestrial tardigrades of Maine as they are common in the woods and countryside around the state. Only two studies have documented tardigrades in Maine and one of them was the first to find a tardigrade in America. Students in Invertebrate Zoology master microscopy and image analysis as they contribute to this study.

Tardigrades in Acadia National Park

Students are working on a number of other tardigrade related projects from mapping the distribution of tardigrades in Acadia National Park, to studying our local population of Diphascon pingue, to examining tardigrade population shifts caused by logging around Waldo County, Maine.

Discovering New Species of Tardigrades

In the course of our tardigrade adventures we have found a couple of new species of tardigrades. Students working with me are learning the steps involved in establishing a new species and even the thought that goes into naming them. One example of this is Echiniscoides wyethi which we named after the Wyeth family.