Jellyfish  • Venom • Evolution 


I am an evolutionary biologist and budding venomologist studying jellyfish venom system and how they change. 

I am currently an NSF PRFB Fellow in the Gibson Lab at Stowers Institute for Medical Research. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Kansas in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Stinging snot covered by SciShow!

Summary: This jellyfish might look kind of unassuming, but it's got some surprising long-range weaponry to catch its prey!

NSF coverage on stinging snot in Cassiopea!

Summary: In warm coastal waters around the world, swimmers can often spot large groups of jellyfish pulsing rhythmically on the seafloor. Unless properly prepared with protective clothing, it is best to steer clear of areas that Cassiopea, or upside-down jellyfish inhabit: getting too close can lead to irritating stings, even without direct contact.