In this episode, Associate Curator Susan Perkins describes her long-term study of malarial parasites and their host lizards, work that draws her back again and again to Saba Island—a relatively unspoiled paradise in the Caribbean.
Dr. Perkins is a microbiologist who studies malarial parasites, symbiotic bacteria, and even RNA viruses. Her research includes multiple ways of approaching questions about these microbes, from their evolutionary histories to their genomics.
In this week’s edition of the Expedition Report, Assistant Curator Estefanía Rodríguez travels to Antarctica to study sea anemones on a ship that serves as a floating field station – and, on which, sometimes getting there is half the adventure.
Dr. Rodríguez studies the diversity and evolutionary history of sea anemones, primarily those that are found in deep waters. She uses her studies in taxonomy to build an understanding of the ecology of sea anemones, and how they got to such harsh environments as Antarctica in the first place.