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…
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!
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.
A news feature by UW College of the Environment highlights Chelsea and the Wood Lab’s work on historical ecology and schistosomiasis! Read more here.
Julieta Martinelli will join the Wood Lab to work on our new WRAC-funded project exploring the distribution of non-indigenous Polydora spp. blister-forming worms in Pacific oysters throughout the Pacific Northwest. Julieta is a conservation paleobiologist specializing in molluscs, and she has previously worked on this problem as a Fellow of the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT). Really looking forward to diving into this project with you, Julieta!
Maureen Williams will join the Wood Lab as a post-doc in August of 2019! Maureen is currently wrapping up her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, where she has done awesome work on how parasitism and warming combine to affect host physiology and behavior. As a Wood Lab post-doc, she’ll be part of our NSF-funded project investigating diversity and disease on coral reefs. We can’t wait to welcome you to Seattle, Maureen!
Chelsea will give the Rising Star in Ecology Lecture at University of Toronto’s Atwood Colloquium in April of 2019! Check the colloquium website for details.