|Mail:||OIMB, P.O. Box 5389,
Charleston OR, 97420
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Nicole Moss (MS) email@example.com
Laurel Hiebert, PhD 2015
April Bird, MS 2012
See Embryology Course website populated with short articles about reproduction and development of marine invertebrates, written and illustrated by the students!
The focus of research in Maslakova lab is evolution of development in marine invertebrates, in particular, the phylum Nemertea, commonly known as ribbon worms. Historically, nemerteans recieved little attention, despite the fact that these graceful marine predators occur at all depths in all of the world’s oceans. About 1500 species are described, and we routinely encounter species new to science. We are interested in the diversity of embryonic and larval development in marine invertebrates, and want to understand how different developmental modes evolve. We combine classical comparative embryology with cell lineage tracing and analysis of gene expression patterns to investigate the mechanisms underlying evolutionary changes in development.