James McClellan plans to go to veterinary school. In his undergraduate research project at Ozarks he studied whether hox genes (that regulate the number of vertebrae developing in the embryo) are sensitive to the mother’s body temperature during pregnancy. Here, James prepares to surgically implant a tiny temperature recorder into an anesthetized armadillo.
Scientists have recently discovered bacteria on the skin of red-backed salamanders (like this one students in Animal Diversity and Evolution captured) protecting them from the Chytrid fungus that is contributing to the global extinction of amphibians. This bacteria might be used to protect vulnerable species.