Research

Developing an eDNA technique to detect spawning events!

Today I submitted a manuscript on a spawning detection method I developed with Drs. Pete Countway and Richard Wahle over the last two years. Unlike my previously published work on spawning using fertilization assays, this methodology depended on environmental DNA (eDNA) and quantitative real-time PCR techniques. In 2016, we had developed our probe and primers … Continue reading Developing an eDNA technique to detect spawning events!

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Exploring blue mussel populations in Downeast Maine

After defending my Ph.D. in April on the mysterious and alluring giant sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus), I jumped at the opportunity to join the Yund Lab for a six-month post-doc position. In 2013, the Yund Lab based at the Downeast Institute, in collaboration with the Xue Lab at the University of Maine, the Etter Lab … Continue reading Exploring blue mussel populations in Downeast Maine

Developing a molecular technique to detect scallop spawning events in the field

My most recent research project has been in collaboration with my advisor Dr. Richard Wahle at the Darling Marine Center and Dr. Peter Countway at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The aim of this project is to develop a molecular technique (using targeted DNA sequences) to detect and measure spawning events in the field. While … Continue reading Developing a molecular technique to detect scallop spawning events in the field

Scallop laboring on Labor Day weekend

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Author: Skylar Bayer

What are you doing on Labor Day? I bet whatever you’re doing is more relaxing than what I’m going to be spending the next three days enduring. This crazy, scallop spawning life.

I know, scallops are delicious and deliciously sexy like the Boiticelli Birth of Venus painting we all know and love. However, I don’t know that many species that get up to the size of birthing a full grown lady.

In Maine scallops are often found among other fun animals like the American lobster, sculpin, rock gunnels, cunner, blue mussels, rock crabs and the green sea urchin. This is an excellent video I caught during the Invertebrate Zoology class I TAed a few years ago. Scallop vs. Urchin was in full swing in the class tank:

While the Scallop lost in the above round, it did win at least one.

The thing to note in the…

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