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Undergraduate student course work, examining ancient First Nations mariculture activies on BC’s coast, was recently published in the journal American Antiquites. The research was conducted during the 2013 Coastal Field Archaeology course.

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‘Waxopods’ provide a reliable estimate of crab predation intensity

Gastropod wax replicas can be used to quantify the frequency and type of attacks by crab predators, which likely play a vital role in structuring gastropod populations.

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How many chromosomes contribute to sex determination in a copepod?

QTL mapping of sex ratio phenotype revealed six independently segregating quantitative trait loci on five separate chromosomes, explaining 19% of the variation in sex ratios in Tigriopus californicus.

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Hagfish slime reduces uptake of metals, but not organic nutrients.

Hagfish slime acts as a selective filter, allowing the passage of nutrients across the skin, but impairing the transport of trace elements that may cause toxicity at relatively elevated levels.

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Physiological responses of intertidal starfish when exposed at low tide

Physiological mechanisms of Pisaster ochraceus suggest this species is ideally suited for life in the intertidal zone.

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Where are the biggest mussels?

Connor and Robles (2015), working on small a spatial scale, show that mussels (Mytilus californicus) from low-shore and high wave exposure habitats grow faster when young and become the largest adults.

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How gooseneck barnacles mate despite having ‘unusually short’ penises.

Gooseneck barnacles (Pollicipes polymerus) have evolved novel mating strategies in the wave-swept intertidal.

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Anatomical interpretations of fossils tested using acorn worms found at Cape Beale

BMSC researchers Karma Nanglu and Dr. Chris Cameron (BMSC Alumnus, PhD) examine the validity of anatomical interpretations of a Burgess Shale enteropneust.

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Long spines means smooth swimming for porcelain crab zoea larvae

BMSC / SFU Alumnus Anna Smith and Greg Jensen, (U of Washington, BMSC Crustacean Biology instructor) show the fantastically long spines on porcelain crab zoea larvea may these larvae to remain in nearshore coastal waters.

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The Anholt Lab report the first multi-generational quantitative evidence that clutch sex ratio responds to artificial selection in both directions (selection for male- and female-biased families) and in multiple populations of T. californicus.

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