We just returned from a three day excursion. Our prize? Thousands of thermophilic ostracods!
These incredible animals live at temperatures >40C, and we observed them feeding even hotter than that!
I'm beginning the thermal physiology work that will help us understand how these tiny crustaceans adapted to survive in this stressful environment. I'm setting up a barrage of experiments to link genotype to phenotype, gene expression to physiology. And I'm foraying into phycology as I learn to culture the cyanobacteria that these ostracods find delicious enough to brave hot water for.