First up: Nicole Noyen - Mussels: the superheroes of heat stress Nicole got her research start in Exercise Physiology, and spent 2 years working on the research team at Fitbit before starting at Stanford for her PhD in Mark Denny’s lab. She became intrigued by animals living in the intertidal zone- primarily mussels- where they can experience extreme heat as the tide goes in and out each day. Even more intriguing is that mussel must constantly adapt to these extreme heat events to survive. Despite this fact, they’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years— so how do they do it?!
Next up: Paul Bump - Metamorphosis from larva to worm: what marine species tell us about the major transitions in life Paul Bump is an explorer of the small and squishy. His research in strange, enigmatic, marine invertebrates unlocks secrets of basic biological processes and provides new perspectives to advance fundamental cell biology research. Many marine invertebrates start out life as a small, drifting larva but then rapidly change into a radically different juvenile form. Paul’s research involves studying the metamorphosis of a small swimming planktonic balloon into a burrowing, muscular worm in a 24-48 hour time period.