January 22, 2020
Aubrey Jane (Marine Sciences, ’21) and graduate student Ariella Danziger (M.S. Marine Sciences, ’19) recently presented their research at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), a national conference held in Austin, Texas.
SICB is one of the largest and most prestigious professional associations of its kind, with a mission to further research, education and public awareness in the areas of organismal, functional, and evolutionary biology.
Jane presented her research with a poster titled “Detection of the invasive parasite Proctoeces maculatus at blue mussel aquaculture sites.” Her work investigates the health of farmed blue mussels in Casco Bay, and how climate change affects the mussels through changing temperature, food availability and parasites.
Danziger presented her research on a poster titled “Design and use of species-specific Carcinus maenas eDNA primers to analyze shedding and degradation rates of eDNA.” Her research focuses on green crabs that shed environmental DNA (eDNA) when they move through the environment. She is studying whether she can assess the biomass of the respective species by measuring the eDNA.
Jane and Danziger work in the laboratory of Markus Frederich, Ph.D., professor of marine sciences in UNE’s School of Marine Programs.