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Mollusc Art – Phil

Now that Jessica has stolen my thunder by doing a great job of describing the crystalline sac and crystalline style, that fabulous organ in some mollusks that spins around in the sac, I none-the-less have to acknowledge her ability as … Continue reading

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Where have all the Gonads gone?

Question: What is worm-like in flexibility, orange and textured, and feeds off deposits on the bottom of the sea floor? Echinodermata – Parastichopus californicus is exactly that… and more!   In our dissection of this unfortunate sea cucumber Ross and … Continue reading

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Getting hot in here

Last Tuesday we went to Cattle Point to catch the low tide at 6 in the morning.  We were all a little bit groggy from the early hour but the morning chill and the variety of the organisms inhabiting the … Continue reading

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Cattle Point & Macro vs Micro Zonation Study Utility

(brit) Cattle Point’s obvious biogeographic zones as well as the many species-level interactions framing these organic equilibrium states combine to highlight (for me anyway) a significant focal tension in biological and environmental sciences. At the macro scale, astute longterm observations … Continue reading

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Look, ma–it’s almost terrestrial!

Here’s a lesson in not procrastinating: by this point, everybody else has already quite effectively covered the various awesome species of algae that Emily enlightened us to at Cattle Point.  But, luckily for me, the species I found most interesting … Continue reading

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Dude, What’s Up With That Sea Star?

Last week we went out to the rocky intertidal, specifically Cattle Point. I always like seeing patterns of zonation, watching the lichens descend into algae and anemones, plunge into deep water and mussels and kelps, and seeing a more exposed … Continue reading

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Sexy Seaweed

I set out for Cattle Point early one morning with one thing on my mind…sex.  Now you may not be surprised that I had sex on the brain, seeing as it is the highest biological imperative, but the sex I … Continue reading

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Anthropogenic CO2, Will it destroy us?

I think everyone has done a great job of summarizing our trip to Cattle Point. From whizzing by the McCatchins in the van, to stumbling down the beach, and surviving to see the sunrise over Washington. I restrained and did … Continue reading

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“fairy rings” Endocladia muricata

Admittedly I’m not much of an algae person (go vertebrates!), but when Emily talked about the “fairy rings” when we went on our crack-of-dawn field trip to Cattle Point I started to think about algae. After a bit of searching … Continue reading

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Finding Fairly Fantastic Floating Fucus

While navigating the rocky shoreline at Cattle Point last Tuesday, I was brought back to my early childhood of beach combing in Puget Sound. I distinctly remember walking around with a thallus of Fucus and popping the pneumatocysts as I … Continue reading

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