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Seasonal Positions

Rutgers University's Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) has an undergraduate research position and multiple intern positions in areas of shellfish biology, including aquaculture, genetics, physiology, and parasitology. Position start dates are from March through June 2018.



Nature Ecology and Evolution May 2017 coverColorful Scallops

Ximing Guo and a team led by Dr. Zhenmin Bao at Ocean University of China have sequenced the genomes of two scallops. Their studies, which are recently published in Nature Ecology and Evolution and Nature Communications, provided insights into the evolution of early bilaterians and unique adaptations in bivalve molluscs. Their analyses show that scallops, as slow-evolving descendants from an early-Cambrian lineage, have a fossil-like genome with unprecedented preservation of ancestral bilaterian chromosomes. Scallops and other molluscs show dynamic regulation of developmental genes in support of their diverse body-plan. Scallop’s advanced and fascinating non-cephalic eyes are supported by diverse opsins for enhanced spectral sensitivity. Dinoflagellates produce neurotoxin to suppress grazing by filter-feeder. But scallops have developed sophisticated molecules to tolerate and accumulate neurotoxins, and convert them to highly toxic forms for their own defense. These findings highlight genome’s skillfulness in meeting new challenges.



The Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory is dedicated to research, education, and extension in support of sustainable shellfish and finfish resources and fisheries. We welcome you and invite you to explore our website. Click on words in bold to access links.

Historical data, documents, images and other items in the HSRL archives/library can be found by clicking "HSRL Documents" in the left-hand side bar above.

Download summaries of recent NJ Sea Grant-sponsored research at HSRL:

New Jersey's Delaware Bay oyster Stock Assessment Reports are available for download here.


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