Our very own Natalie Mastick Jensen won the award for Best PhD Presentation at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences’ Graduate Student Symposium last week! Natalie’s talk was entitled, “Opening a can of worms: Historical change in infectious disease risk for marine mammals revealed by archived canned salmon”. Interested? You can watch Natalie’s presentation here or learn more on her website.
Chelsea was featured as November’s “Scientist to Watch” by The Scientist. The article, by science writer Amanda Heidt, describes Chelsea’s transformation from aspiring dolphin biologist into diehard parasite enthusiast. Read the whole story here.
Sara Faiad is on fire! In the past two weeks, she has been awarded:
- 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;
- a foundry10 Research Grant, which will support Sara’s laboratory experiments on schistosomiasis here at UW; and
- 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!
Chelsea was recently interviewed for a Congressional Quarterly report that tackled the question, “can future pandemics be prevented?” You can access the full text of the report here.
Chelsea wrote an article for The Conversation, an online new source devoted to translating academic research for a lay audience! In it, she summarizes the results of her recent PNAS paper, which shows that drone imagery can facilitate cheap and easy assessment of schistosomiasis risk in West Africa. You can read Chelsea’s article here.
Wood Lab research was recently featured on the Ecology and Evolution blog! To read more about Chelsea’s new approach for manipulating biodiversity at the scale of entire aquatic ecosystems, click here.
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…