The giant clam Tridacna crocea, native to Indo-Pacific coral reefs, is noted for its unique ability to bore fully into coral rock and is a major agent of reef bioerosion. However, T. crocea’s mechanism of boring has remained a mystery despite decades of research. By exploiting a new, two-dimensional pH-sensing technology and manipulating clams to press their presumptive boring tissue … Read More
It’s 2017 and we are are off to a good start! Our most recent publication investigates the localization of acid-base sensor sAC in various leopard shark tissues, and found it highly abundant in the cytoplasm of gill acid- and base-secreting cells. sAC was also found present in or around the necleus of gill, cornea, and rectal gland cells, suggesting … Read More
We have been busy researching and publishing our findings! One of our papers resulted from a collaboration with German researchers from Christian Albrechts University Kiel and Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research on ammonia excretion in mussels (Mytilus edulis). Our second paper is a commentary on the vacuolar-type H+ -ATPase (VHA). Lastly, our final paper is led by Jinae Roa and examines round stingray (Urolophus halleri) … Read More
Abstract: Aggression and responsiveness to noxious stimuli are adaptable traits that are ubiquitous throughout the animal kingdom. Like vertebrate animals, some invertebrates have been shown to exhibit anxiety- like behaviour and altered levels of aggression that are modulated by the neurotransmitter serotonin. To investigate whether this influence of serotonin is conserved in crabs and whether these behaviours are sensitive to … Read More
Congratulations to Jinae Roa for being awarded the Porter Fellowship from the American Physiological Society!