I am a Professor and Chair of Biology at Ashland University where I teach anatomy and physiology, evolution, marine and vertebrate biology. My NIH-funded laboratory research into the evolution and function of vertebrate eye lens proteins is done with undergraduate students. I am also interested in teaching technology, science communication and the use of social media.

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Look what washed up on the beach

The storms last week along the Outer Banks of the North Carolina Coast brought flooding in Kitty Hawk and again washed out route 12 through Pea Island.  But the rough surf also brought some interesting marine animals onto the beach.  Sunny, warm weather on Friday provided a good chance to check them out.  In the photo below of the white baby ears you can see them still attached to their large muscular feet.  Click on each image to see a larger version.

Assorted purse crabs and sea stars washed up from recent March storms

Assorted purse crabs and sea stars washed up from recent March storms

Purse crabs, Persephona punctata. Arranged with males on the left and females on the right.

Purse crabs, Persephona punctata. Arranged with males on the left and females on the right.

White baby ears, Sinum perspectivum, arranged to show their muscular foot.

White baby ears, Sinum perspectivum, arranged to show their muscular foot.

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