Time Travel and Sea Star Wasting

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

A crucial part of our new project is understanding how SSaDV has changed over time and space. As part of our earlier study (Hewson et al., 2014, PNAS), we had investigated the presence of SSaDV in sea stars from 1923 to present day, by looking at museum specimens at the LA County Museum of Natural History. The new project seeks to expand this work, both in terms of geographic location of samples (most in our earlier work came from offshore Oregon or Northern California), along with temporal resolution.

On Thursday, Nov 6th, Ian traveled to San Francisco to interact with scientists at the California Academy of Sciences. In 2014, the CAS was crucial – although not directly involved in – our study of SSaDV, as they had a huge population of healthy sea stars which never got sick. Initially this was a bit of a mystery as it was very close…

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