We’re extending a wormy welcome to Gabby Commisso and Connor Whalen, who will join the lab as graduate students in Fall 2023! Both will be part of our NSF CAREER-funded historical ecology project, where we are using a before-after-control-impact design to study how parasite abundance changes in response to human impacts like pollution and urbanization. Gabby comes to us from Cornell University, where she worked at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates and conducted a senior honors thesis on cypriniform fishes. Connor joins us from New York University, where he is currently Lab Manager of the Primate Hormones and Behavior Lab, having worked as a BSL-3 technician at the National Wildlife Health Center and a research assistant in the Pinniped Cognition Lab at UC Santa Cruz. Welcome, Gabby and Connor!