By Ralph Appy
The fall meeting of SCSP was hosted by the lab of Dr. Ryan Hechinger, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego on November 22, 2019. The meeting included a presentation on parasite research being carried out in the Hechinger lab, and a tour of the experimental aquarium arrays used to raise, infect and video killifish with Digenea and experimental mudflat arrays under artificial tide used to study California horn snails infected with Digenea. The meeting concluded with lab demonstrations of body snatcher trematodes in horn snails, soldier worms, Euhaplorchis metacercariae on killifish brains, a newly discovered mermithid nematode of a local crustacean, and kelp fly trypanosomes.
Attendees included students, scientists and professors from the following institutions: University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Southern California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Saddleback Community College, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Orange County Sanitation District.
A special thanks to Dr. Hechinger and his students for hosting the meeting. A description of the research being carried out in the Hechinger lab can be found at: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/labs/rhechinger/