Ascidians: Are They Taking Over the World? [F-15-7]

Presenter: Linda Auker
Location: SLU: Johnson 112
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 4:00 PM 09/25
Status: CLOSEDCourse Update: "Ascidians..." is CANCELED. It will be rescheduled for some future SOAR semester.

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Invasive species have significant ecological and economic impacts in marine ecosystems. Some of the most recent invasions have included both sponge-like and blob-like invertebrates called ascidians. Come explore the biology and ecology of these interesting creatures, and hear stories about their presence and impacts around the world.

Linda Auker is a visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at SLU. She teaches the introductory general biology course and conducts research on marine invasive species, their distribution and impact. For over 10 years, Linda has worked with one very stubborn invasive species, Didemnum vexillum, a colonial (“blob-like”) ascidian.

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