I’ve had a number of great arthropod collecting opportunities this year, including netting bee flies (Bombyliidae) with former labmate Allan Cabrero (@Ento_Allan) …
Bombyliids are pretty conspicuous to me due to their propensity for holding their often black-patterned wings at a 45 degree angle from the body.
You’ve got to be fast to net them, though!
Thanks for inviting me out for the day, Allan!
… and collecting harvestmen on the road to my new position at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Sweeping for harvestmen at a campsite in OK
James and I had a great experience working with Justin Roach of Tishmingo Wildlife Refuge to find
More often than not, we were able to collect harvestmen in groups on manmade surfaces. These Leiobunum sp. are hanging around a former mud dauber wasp nest.
I look forward to future work on my skillz (such as they are)!
I helped to organize a fun afternoon with evolution course students from High Tech High School, North County, this week. They toured the lab, checked out SDSU’s impressive collections of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects, and were of course greeted by my faithful arachnid buddy, the whipscorpion Mittens. 🙂 Thanks for your visit, folks!
Mittens says “‘Sup.”
Labmate Shahan shows students some local harvestmen species.
I’ve been participating lately in a couple of really cool projects: talking science and art with the Fleet Science Center’s brilliant 2 Scientists program…
…and preparing to welcome a North County high school group learning about evolution to my lab and department! Since the high schoolers are planning to visit the Museum of Man the morning prior to coming to SDSU, I decided to make my own visit to the museum, eventually finding myself in this temporary exhibit on cannibalism! I received my very own corpse medicine prescription for skull moss (good for nosebleeds and anxiety!).
Had a great time in New Orleans, LA for the 2017 SICB meeting, starting off with a memorable drive to visit my aunt in southern Alabama! It was surprisingly cold week in the American South (maybe San Diego is spoiling me?), but I bravely soldiered forth and enjoyed great talks and discussion about animal physiology.
Thank goodness I brought a scarf! #LFC
When scientists and pop culture fans meet… who’re ya gonna call?!
In an amazing coincidence, a Wizard World Comic Con was happening in the same convention center as SICB! I would have loved to get a photo with cosplayers but, in a hurry, I settled for this Ghostbusters truck parked along my walk.
I was already anticipating the upcoming Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting, and my excitement has grown! This past weekend I learned I had won a Broadening Participation Travel Award to support my attendance. Looking forward to being in New Orleans this January!
In the last week, I’ve visited two cool environments: the tide pools at Bird Rock, La Jolla and Palomar Mountain! At the former, I got to see an octopus attempt to drag a GoPro into the rocky crevice it was inhabiting, and at the latter, I checked out the 200 inch Hale Telescope at CalTech’s Palomar Observatory. Exploring new research never fails to get me excited about science!
This octopus was quite intent on stealing a girl’s GoPro!
Standing out in front of the Hale Telescope
Inside the Hale Telescope dome
My project on Experiment.com was funded! I look forward to heading into the wilds of Oklahoma and Arkansas this summer to start new work on Leiobunum relictum! http://www.experiment.com/daddylonglegs