The main goal of this blog is to communicate recent symbiont ecology science to people in the field and to students and non-scientists outside of the field. Judging by the feedback that I’ve received already, the cartoons that accompany (most of) my posts are one of the main draws for scientists visiting the blog. They’re also the most important selling point for educators using my posts in their classes and other educational material. I have a few years of cartoon experimenting under my belt, but it is still difficult to guess which cartoons will be crowd pleasers. So, if you’re a regular visitor and/or you’re an educator using my cartoons for educational purposes, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to give me some cartoon feedback. Thank you in advance!
First, you can visit last week’s post and vote on the best parasite ecology cartoon from 2015. I really use that feedback to think about what kinds of cartoons to make in the future.
Second, you can post in the comments of shoot me an email to tell me what you like and/or what could be improved to make my cartoons more accessible to students.
One recent experiment has been embedding movie/TV references in my cartoons. The downside of this is that not everyone will get all of the references. (I fear I’m getting old….) Stay tuned next week for my best and most timely movie reference yet!
It’s the first day of the new year, which means that you get to vote on the best parasite ecology cartoon from last year! In 2013, the winner was “Social Networking in Lemurs,” a cartoon about this study that painted lice on lemurs to infer lemur contacts. In 2014, the winner was “Oldest Trick in the Book,” a romantic cartoon about a snail who was castrated by trematodes. Which 2015 cartoon was best?! I’m opening up the voting for these candidates:
Hi, Folks! I’m still traveling for the holidays, so I can’t do a full post this week. But here’s a punny cartoon! (This doesn’t have anything to do with symbionts, unless you count the fact that both snails and caterpillars have many symbionts.)
Last week, I told you that small crayfish groom off their branchiobdellids. Intermediate-sized crayfish try to groom off their branchiobdellids, but the crayfish can’t reach all of the worms. Specifically, they can’t reach the worms that hang out on that one place on their dorsal carapaces. Have you ever had an itch on your back that you couldn’t reach? Yeah, that’s the story of the intermediate-sized crayfish’s life.