Outreach

Volunteers conducting surveys of mud crabs and their parasites on the Chesapeake Bay.
Volunteers conducting surveys of mud crabs and their parasites on the Chesapeake Bay.

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.

Captured invasive green crabs

Crab Team

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.