Welcome to both Alexa, the newest directed study student in the lab, and Theora who has rejoined the lab as a volunteer after graduation.
A few action shots of Wyeth Lab students from this past summer… three projects, three pairs of students in Antigonish, plus one more in Bamfield.
This one was more than 5 years in the making before publication in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. Jimmy Thomson got us started, labelling neurotransmitters in the central nervous system of Hermissenda, and then Marissa Webber followed up with tons more labelling and then an amazing effort in cataloging all the labelled neurons. Highlights were establishing that some neurotransmitters are considerably more variable between animals than others, and that one specific neurotransmitter (GABA) was not where it was supposed to be (it was missing from the statocysts – the balance organs). You can read the (free) reprint to get our full explanation of that crazy result. Thanks also to Roger Croll and Johnny Buckland-Nicks for help along the way.
Interested in aquatic animal behaviour or applied research in toxicology or estuarine restoration? Interested in building expertise in a range of techniques, including field work with SCUBA, semi-automated video analysis of behavioural experiments, and contaminant tissue analyses?
Dr. Russell Wyeth and Dr. Jim Williams in Biology at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) are accepting applications for an MSc student position to start Jan 1, 2018. This position is fully funded ($18,000 x 2 years), and tuition support is also possible.