We had a successful summer. Some of the highlights included:
- Testing our local population of Trachelipus rathkei and our lab population of Porcellio laevis for Wolbachia infections.
- Generating tons of sequencing data (both Illumina and PacBio) to sequence the genome of T. rathkei and identify sex-linked loci in this species.
- Visiting our collaborators in Poitiers, France, where students learned how to perform androgenic gland transplants in terrestrial isopods, set up a sex reversal experiment in P. laevis that we will follow up on next summer, and also got to try out local cuisine like escargot (see photo below).
- Setting up another large sex reversal experiment in T. rathkei when we returned to Oswego.
- Developing protocols to measure sexually dimorphic phenotypes in T. rathkei, including using the scanning electron microscope on campus at SUNY Oswego to get a close-up look at isopod legs (below).
We are looking forward to presenting our results at the 2017 SICB meeting!