Exciting new tool for marine conservation: environmental DNA

Fish and other aquatic animals shed DNA into the surrounding water. This means that seawater is filled with the DNA of the animals living there, and this is known as environmental DNA (eDNA). Scientists have used environmental DNA to study a range of animals, from earlier eDNA studies in 2008 (e.g. on the invasive American Bullfrog), …

Barnacles and sponges

Barnacles are also part of the Crustacea subphylum. The only time I have been exposed to and/or looked into the detail of barnacles was on a Marine Biology field course to Millport, Scotland in June 2012. I studied the Chthalmus genus of barnacle, and their orientation to the coast. Below is a photograph I took …

Full Time Placement!

Hi, long time no see I know! I'm back now and am starting a full time placement in the Entomology department at the Manchester Museum, where I will be completing my work on the Crustacea collection. To kickstart the blogging momentum (it seems so hard to get going but once I'm posting I can't stop!), …

A day in the life of a taxonomist

I know I can't really call myself a taxonomist yet, seeing as I've only been doing this volunteer job 2 weeks and to be honest know very little about taxonomy (this is something I hope to learn a lot about through this project), but I thought I'd give you a glimpse of the wonders a …