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Summer update

Summer is here, and that means one thing – It’s Timema catchin’ time!

Timema live primarily in California, and so I selflessly volunteered to go and spend a month collecting there.

The fieldwork went well (minor catastrophes as we went along of course…), and it was amazing to get the chance to observe where and how the Timema live in the wild. I am a strong believer that biologists should ‘love thy organism’, meaning you should take time to get to know about the many aspects of your organism’s biology and ecology, otherwise even with all the sequence data in the world (or even behavioural data taken in the lab) may not make any sense, or end up being misinterpreted.

Best field team ever!
Best field team ever!
My first wild-caught Timema (poppensis)
My first wild-caught Timema (poppensis)

The good parts of driving...
The good parts of driving…
...and the bad.
…and the bad.

Baby Timema!

The Timema have started hatching (cute!).

Here are a few photos of the first hatchlings (T. douglasi):

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T. douglasi eggs and hatchlings
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T. douglasi hatchling
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T. douglasi hatchling
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T. douglasi hatchling

 

 

 

 

 

ICE Orlando

parker_ice_2016_1eI am presenting some of my work on sex-biased gene expression in Timema at the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) in Orlando, Florida!

Hope to see you there!