We would like to welcome our new lab member, Carlos Prada! He joins our team as a postdoc starting this summer. He will be working on ecological genomics in Orbicella spp. Some of us in town gave him a short tour downtown, from left to right: Aki, Carlos, Bishoy, and Ana.
Aki is currently in Key Largo, Florida with Bill Fitt (University of Georgia), conducting experiments to identify settlement-inducing bacteria involved in the life cycle of Cassiopea spp. He is also hunting for the elusive Cassiopea frondosa, and wild C. xamachana scyphistomae. Aki will also be heading to the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (University of Florida) to work with Mark Martindale and learn fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) so that we can develop the technique to be used in the Cassiopea system.
To the other lab members good luck writing dissertations, preparing our next field trip experiments, and enjoying the summer!