My new article in the Outside JEB section of the Journal of Experimental Biology is out this week. In it, I describe the role of serotonin in octopus sociality, based on the Current Biology publication from Eric Edsinger and Gul Dolen. Their study, in addition to elucidating a previously unknown conserved mechanism for sociality across evolutionary history, has amazing hidden gems in their methodology, including the use of ecstasy (to boost the octopus´serotonin) and Star Wars figurines (to give their study subjects an alternative mate to their own species). Check out my article here and the publication here.
After many years of using the same old website format, I have finally revamped the old site to include my new research interests, lots more pictures/videos, and will update this "News" page as exciting events occur (experiments, publications, etc). I have really enjoyed learning more about how to build a webpage and am looking forward to using this platform more regularly. Thanks to Alexandria Nelson for use of her video of shoaling California killifish from Kendall Frost Marsh Reserve (San Diego, CA, USA) for the header of this page.