Despite our best efforts to win the “Best Costume Award” with our sophisticated “Star Activity” costume, we had to admit defeat by the extraordinary costume of the Lemke lab: “Star Evolution”. The win was well deserved!
The first paper from the Guse lab got published in Scientific Reports. In the manuscript we report a robust spawning protocol for Aiptasia anemones, an important resource to further advance Aiptasia as a model system. Congratulations to Desiree and Liz, the two co-first authors of the paper. If you are interested, here is the pdf: Grawunder et al., 2015
Liz, Madeline and Annika attended the Hydra-Meeting 2015 in Tutzing organized by Thomas Holstein, Thomas Bosch und Uli Technau. It was a great meeting on very diverse topics around cnidarian biology and we met many old and new colleagues and collaborators. The conference was held in a beautiful setting right at the Starnberger See and the highlight was a boat trip with a Bavarian Buffet with gorgeous weather. Liz and Madeline presented a poster and Annika gave a talk summarizing our most recent findings on Aiptasia spawning and early development. Both posters were a big success and Liz, enthusiastically presenting her work as always, even won the third poster price! Congrats!
This week the report on the sequencing of the Aiptasia genome was published in PNAS. Congrats to Sebastian on this nice piece of work and crucial resource for the growing Aiptasia community!
To celebrate the Heideberg summer, Thomas Holstein invited his lab and us for a BBQ in his beautiful garden in the Heidelberg Altstadt. The unique setting was accompanied by amazing wines from the Pfalz and Banyuls as well as with tasty food including a fantastic selection of Italian antipasti, German meats and French cheese. And let´s not forget about the deserts!
Sebastian Baumgarten from the Voolstra lab at KAUST has arrived to spend some weeks with us in the lab. It´s going to be great science and lots of fun:-)
From the 24th of May until the 20th of June, the Guse lab including Liz, Madeline, Iliona, Natascha and myself went to Okinawa Japan to join the Masayuki Hatta lab (Ochanomizu University), the Minagawa lab and the Ueno Lab (NIBB Okazaki) at Sesoko Marine Station on Okinawa to collect coral larvae for comparative field studies in different areas coral biology. All participants shared a lab at Sesoko station to rear coral larvae and perform experiments. Coral spawning was predicted to occur bon the 3rd of June. Unexpectedly, spawning occurred already on the 31st of May. Luckily, we had arrived a early enough to witness this impressive annual event. Please check out the images below for some impressions of our trip. Our trip was generously supported by the Excellence-Initiative of Heidelberg University.
Philipp joins the Guse lab to start his PhD as a member the new Graduate Research Training Group: Evolutionary Novelty & Adaptation – from Molecules to Organisms. This Graduate Training Group is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Landesgraduiertenförderung and unites nine diverse research groups at Heidelberg University and Karlsruhe Institute of Science and Technology (KIT) with a common interest in evolutionary, developmental and cell biology as well as ecology. Together with Philipp, eight new PhD students will start their PhD projects in 2015 within this program.
We are happy to announce the COS Symposium 2015! The biannual COS Symposium takes place on the 17th of June at the Bertalanffy Lecture Hall and will feature an international list of speakers that will “take us through time” by covering many aspects of evolutionary biology at different time scales using a diverse array of tools and emerging model systems as depicted on the poster. Free registration is open until the June 3rd.
On September the 26th, the workshop “Thinking Hands” was held in the Guse Lab. It was lead by Stephanie Guse, an artist living in Vienna, and Katrin Funcke , a freelance illustrator living in Berlin. This one-day workshop focused on teaching us visual means such as graphics, illustrations and collages to visualize scientific content with an emphasize on collaboration by working together on the same piece and by adding into each others drawings. We also tried to make our particular research interests understandable to non-scientists by breaking down our scientific questions into their most basic aspects. After one day of hard work and lots of fun, we produced a series of images that represent very well our science: Thinking Hands