January 2020

Check out this great article in Penn Today on our latest research on coral resilience to climate change!

June 2019

Huge congratulations to PhD student Lulu for being awarded a two year T32 training grant in cell and molecular biology for her proposal to study how different algal symbiont species influence host cell physiology!
May 2019

A big congratulations to PhD student Lisa for successfully completing her qualifying exam and officially becoming PhD candidate Lisa! We look forward to you teaching us about how algae cope with living inside corals. 
September 2018

Fantastic job this week by lab undergrad Elyse Kochman and lab alum Chris Carlson, who presented their summer research projects at the CURF Research Expo! Elyse presented her work on Aiptasia spawning and Chris presented his REU project on invasive green crabs along the Oregon coast.
August 2018

Congratulations to posdoc Kelsey Speer (left), who was awarded a prestigious NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology! Her fellowship starts this month, which in addition to her research on pH sensing mechanisms in cnidarians also aims to support broadening the participation of under-represented groups in biology.  
July 2018

Babies! After several months of hard work, we finally got anemone larvae! These little swimmers were born via in vitro fertilization (IVF). The adults are either male or female, and release their gametes into the water. To perform IVF, we take eggs released by the females and water filled with the sperm expelled by the males and mix them together. This allows us to know the timing of fertilization, helping us study their early life stages and hopefully succeed at doing genetic manipulations to help us learn more about their biology.
"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more."  ~ Lord Byron
July 2018

Summer travels! PI Katie Barott and postdoc Kelsey Speer travelled to Oregon this month, where they both attended the 2018 EDGE Aiptasia/Symbiodinium Workshop, and Katie also attended the International Symbiosis Society Congress.  
April 2018

Congratulations to PhD student Lisa Valenti, who was awarded Honorable Mention by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program for her proposal to study carbon concentrating mechanisms in coral symbionts, Symbiodinium