It is so wonderful to be back in San Diego, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, thanks to the NMBU Postdoc International Travel Grant, to wrap up some of my research here in San Diego with my PI, Prof Ryan Hechinger. We will be working on analyzing data and writing papers for the next two months.
I had a fantastic time presenting at the Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions this week in Ventura, CA, USA. The "Outcomes of Parasitism and Predation" session made an ideal outlet to present some of my preliminary work on the effect of the trematode parasite Euhaplorchis californiensis on predator-prey interactions in natural systems, specifically between piscivorous marsh birds (the parasite´s final host) and the California killifish (the parasite´s second intermediate host). What an amazing group of researchers to be apart of and get feedback from!
Many thanks to the organizers of the annual Society for Experimental Biology conference for putting together another amazing meeting in Seville, Spain. It was great to catch up with old friends, hear about all of the amazing new science that everyone is doing, and present some of my brand new research looking at the connections linking energy metabolism, brain serotonergic signaling, and parasite infection/exposure history. I can´t wait for Prague 2020! If you are working on parasites, disease, or immunity, please consider joining us at the 2020 SEB meeting where Sandra Binning (Univ of Montreal) and I are organizing a session titled "Parasites, disease and host immunity: Towards a mechanistic understanding of infection-induced phenotypes".
Photos by Simon Callaghan
I had a wonderful time this week visiting the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami, and the Marine Sciences Program at Florida International University. Everyone was really welcoming and I had a great time geeking out on everyone´s cutting edge science as well as presenting my own work. Many thanks to my hosts Prof Nikki Traylor-Knowles (RSMAS) and Prof Alastair Harborne (FIU). Also, thanks to Javier del Campo for snapping this photo of me during my talk at RSMAS!
Many thanks to Shaun Killen for coming to Oslo for a productive visit full of paper writing/idea generating and one awesome talk at the University of Oslo on social behavior. I first met Shaun almost 10 years ago as a Masters student at the University of Glasgow. It´s great to still be working together all of these years later!
My first round of brain parts are finished running through the HPLC! Yippee! This work will allow us to better understand how infection with a brain infecting microsporidian parasite alters neurotransmitter activity, particularly the monoamines dopamine and serotonin.