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Kevin B. Johnson‘s Marine and Estuarine Zooplankton course celebrated halloween in a really “Florida Tech” approach.
For the twentieth yr, Johnson’s college students dressed as numerous zooplankton—marine and freshwater animal drifters which are vitally essential to world points, like fisheries, local weather and the financial system.
little extra in regards to the little creatures, and take a look at the inventive costumes college students put collectively this yr.
Garrett Crotty, conservation technology M.S. scholar, as big mesopelagic jellyfish Stygiomedusa gigantea, together with sidekick commensal fish Thalassobathia pelagica
Julia Martinus, oceanography scholar, because the ctenophore (comb jelly) Mnemiopsis leidyi. Many comb jellies are bioluminescent, however the gentle touring alongside their comb rows is a prismatic impact, reasonably than a biochemical response.
Rachael Stark, oceanography M.S. scholar, as a four-arm-stage echinopluteus larva (sea urchin larva)—the right zooplankton costume for social distancing!
Sean Crowley, oceanography Ph.D. scholar, because the amphipod Phronima sp. Phronima kills salps, eats their inside after which inhabits the salp’s “tunic” or husk. This macabre zooplankter is a good Halloween selection!
Peyton Schultz, environmental and informal science education M.S. scholar, because the Portuguese man o’ conflict, Physalia physalis. P. physalis is a colonial organism. One organism within the colony varieties the float, a gas-filled pneumatophore that helps the remainder of the colony.
Graduate scholar Nisa Pennyfeather, environmental and casual science training M.S. scholar, in one other interpretation of the Portuguese man o’ conflict, Physalia physalis. P. physalis lives on the floor of the ocean, the place UV gentle causes injury and stress. The bluish-purple coloration, current in lots of surface-dwelling plankton, is a pure UV sunscreen.
Cierra Braga, oceanography Ph.D. scholar, because the pelagic nudibranch sea slug Glaucus atlanticus. This nudibranch is a predator on sure planktonic gelatinous zooplankton, akin to P. physalia.
Morgan Gilligan, oceanography M.S. scholar, because the pteropod Clione sp. Pteropods are pelagic snails which have fully or almost misplaced their shells to be very light-weight for staying aloft within the plankton.
Kailey Richard, oceanography Ph.D. scholar, because the bubble-raft snail Janthina janthina, one other predator on floor jellyfish. The purple coloration protects in opposition to UV injury.