a welcome invasion

There is a great group from Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) taking over my lab to analyze fouling plates.  It is great to see the lab so full of activity, and to get a look at so many fascinating organisms (see pictures below). It is an added bonus that SERC was willing to hire two of our (wonderful) undergrads (Alex and Polly) to help out during the project. In fact, the organism photos below were taken by Polly, who is working on helping to create a field guide to local fouling community organisms.

Special thanks to our recent graduate and new SERCster Brianna Tracy for helping out so much while I am in CT!