PhD student Sara Faiad wins three grants in two weeks

Sara Faiad is on fire!  In the past two weeks, she has been awarded:

  1. a UW Graduate School Boeing International Fellowship, which will provide one quarter of support for a research expedition in Madagascar, where Sara will study the transmission of human schistosomiasis;
  2. a foundry10 Research Grant, which will support Sara’s laboratory experiments on schistosomiasis here at UW; and
  3. a Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) 20 for 2020 Dive Training Grant, which will allow Sara to get SCUBA certified so that she can pursue research on how behavior mediates the risk of parasitic infection for marine fishes.

Way to go, Sara – we are all so proud of you!

Whitney Preisser to join the Wood Lab

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!

Evan Fiorenza, Catrin Wendt, and Ingrid Howard’s work on nematode parasites featured in Hakai

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.