Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project
We work closely with the Chesapeake Bay Parasite Project at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland for our work on crab adaptation to body-snatching parasites. Every summer hundreds of volunteers help to monitor mud crab and parasite populations across the Chesapeake, contributing to an extremely valuable 15+ year data set.
We collaborate with Washington Sea Grant's Crab Team, which trains and coordinates a network of hundreds of volunteers to track early invasions of the green crab into the Salish Sea. Our lab is using genomic tools to identify where newly-introduced crabs are coming from, and to track adaptation in the earliest stages of invasion.