Marine Biologist Skylar Bayer speaks about how headless molluscs became one of the most diverse and most populous animals on the planet.
The creatures known as bivalves, including familiar seafood like scallops, mussels, oysters, and clams, have been able to colonize the globe by adapting to a range of environments from deep-sea hydrothermal vents to freshwater rivers. Bayer speaks about these creatures as not only delicious but surprisingly diverse in their range of lifestyles and adaptations. She’ll speak about her own research and how there are many mysteries still contained within these animals’ shells.
Skylar Bayer holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Maine and is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Downeast Institute. She researches the ecology and reproductive biology of the sea scallop at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Since 2015 she has hosted “Strictlyfishwrap”, a science radio show at WRFR FM in Rockland.
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