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Brachiopod Wnt paper updated

I recently finished the revision of our paper about the Wnt signaling landscape in brachiopod development. This is work from my PhD time in the Hejnol Lab in Norway. We posted it on bioRxiv last September, and sent to a journal later that year. Following the reviewers’ feedback, we added new data, made significant improvements […]

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A Sea Biscuit’s Life turns fifteen

When I was finishing my master’s thesis, I created a video to summarize my findings and posted it online. I wanted to share the wonderful things I saw under the microscope—cells dividing, tissues folding, embryos spinning, larvae metamorphosing, juveniles crawling between sand grains. But I also wanted to convey the thrill I felt, seeing these […]

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Larval stickers <3

Marine invertebrate larvae are incredibly diverse. They have all sorts of unique features—tentacles, lobes, bands of cilia, shells, bristle hairs, etc.—which they use to capture food, to swim, to protect themselves from predators. Their morphology is functional. But also beautiful. That’s why I was excited to discover these larval stickers made by Dexter Davis: They […]

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Platynereis or Spotify?

Every time I open Spotify, I see the pattern of engrailed expression in an early Platynereis larva. Once you see it, there is no turning back! Reference Prud’homme, B., de Rosa, R., Arendt, D., Julien, J.-F., Pajaziti, R., Dorresteijn, A. W. C., Adoutte, A., Wittbrodt, J., & Balavoine, G. (2003). Arthropod-like expression patterns of engrailed […]

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Brachiopod larva in the Nikon Small World 2021

This image of a brachiopod larva was selected in the Nikon Small World 2021 photomicrography competition!

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Larva of a lamp shell

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The Pluteus Trip

The Pluteus Trip is a music compilation that I created inspired by the life of these nifty echinoderm larvae named pluteus. It was released more than ten years ago on my (now defunct) music blog, ccNeLaS. The album is freely available at: https://archive.org/details/ThePluteusTrip Download it, read the description below, and enjoy the trip! Plutei are […]

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The pelagosphera larva of Sipuncula

The pelagosphera larva of #Sipuncula. Photo by Alvaro Migotto via @cifonauta http://cifonauta.cebimar.usp.br/photo/10874/

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Larval biscuit

My former—but not forgotten—larval crush is the Image of the Week on @BIOINTERACTIVE Larval Biscuit: https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/larval-biscuit See A sea biscuit’s life for more.

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Larvae as the epitome of evolution

Read the previous section: What a larva is. Francis M. Balfour set the pace on discussions about the evolutionary importance of larvae by addressing many of the fundamental questions regarding larval evolution (Balfour, 1874; Balfour, 1880; Balfour, 1881). He wondered about the ancestry of larvae. Can larvae reveal the ancestral forms of metazoans? He indicated […]