Evenings at Whitney lecture

by Karen on 2015/05/07

in Northeast

Northeast FMSEA members — if you weren’t able to come to the conference last weekend in Tampa you missed a great one.  We had such good speakers and it was hosted in great venues!  Make sure you have marked your calendar for NMEA 2016.  It will be in Orlando and it will be a must attend!

I am working on collection workshops and an outing so stay tuned!


Evenings at WhitneyDr. Arthur S. Edison, “Sex in the Soil”


May 14, 2015, 7 p.m.


How does one go from being a saddle maker in Santa Fe, New Mexico to one of the world’s preeminent scientists in the fields of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology and discovering elements of chemical communication in nematodes?  Dr. Arthur Edison is truly a unique individual who has had a very diverse and productive career.  He received his doctorate in biophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he developed and applied NMR methods for protein structural studies.  Subsequently, as a postdoctoral fellow, he investigated the role of neuropeptides in the nervous system of the parasitic nematodeAscaris suum. He joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 1996 and is currently Associate Laboratory Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Director of the Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics.  And yes, Dr. Edison continues with custom leatherwork as a weekend complement to his academic pursuits.


One of the focuses of Dr. Edison’s research activities is nematode chemical ecology.  Nematodes are the most abundant animals on earth and yet most of us don’t ever see them unless our home-grown tomatoes get infected with a root knot nematode or our pets develop heartworm.  For many years, his lab has studied the chemical language of free-living nematodes and we have learned some of the ways they communicate.  Like all interesting things in science, we have only scratched the surface and still have a great deal to learn about these amazing creatures.



Dr. Edison’s lecture will certainly be interesting and informative.  You won’t want to miss it!





Date:        Thursday, May 14, 2015


Location:  Center for Marine Studies at the

Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience

9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine

located in the town of Marineland.


Time:        7:00 pm



Lectures are free and open to the public. There is no charge for parking and reservations are not necessary.


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