Research Cruise Day -1: Ian Arrives in Seattle

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

Happy New Year! Already 2016 is off to a flying start on the disease front – there are reports of Stichopus (holothurian) and Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (red urchin) mortality near Vancouver (Neil McDaniel) – and this is the time of year that sea star wasting disease is reported to be strongest in parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula (David Fradkin). Of course the team hopes that there isn’t a repeat of the 2013 – 2014 intense mortality, but we are ready to go for more adventures in echinoderm microbial ecology.

After a successful expedition to Australia, where Kalia, Elliot and Ian sampled numerous tropical and subtropical echinoderms (including asteroids, echinoids, holothurians and crinoids) to understand the composition of viruses inhabiting their tissues, Ian enjoyed the holidays with family in Queensland, while Kalia and Elliot parted ways for their own family and…

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