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Science Café: Whale Snot
August 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Sniezek completed a BS in general biology, and an MS and a PhD in zoology at the University of Maryland College Park. Prior to his current faculty appointment, he taught at UMD, Charles County Community College, Prince George’s Community College, and Shoals Marin Laboratory which is affiliated with Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. His extensive research experience includes projects at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Benedict Estuarine Research Laboratory, and the Chesapeake Bay Institute. All aspects of biology peak his interests, especially marine biology, protozoology, and environmental science. Dr. Sniezek has published numerous scientific papers and has won competitive grants, including his current project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to incorporate math bench modules in Intro to Biology courses.
Dr. Sniezek will join us again this month at our Science Cafe. Ever wonder what is in whale snot? Examination of mucus discharged from the blowholes of live odonticete Cetacea (toothed whales) and material collected from orifices of dead hosts routinely revealed infestations of a large spindle-shaped ciliate, Kyaroikeus cetarius. Come see how surface features and ultrastructural patterns are used to distinguish this ciliate from any previously described ciliate microorganism species. Dr. Sniezek will also discuss the rationale for the phylogenetic placement of this organism within the ciliate class Phyllopha ryngea.