This photo just received a first prize in a science communication competition of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo.
The post includes a description of the work and the photo was taken a few killometers before the beautiful city of Svolvær, in Northern Norway.
When I am asked what I do for living, I usually say I am a #marine #biologist. #People gaze at me, and wonder if I #study something exhiting such as #whales or #dolphins.. and they often get disapointed when I tell them I study #worms 🙂 Worms are interesting too! The species I am studying, Stygocapitella subterranea, lives inside the #sand. It is a very interesting species for two reasons: 1. Because it has a worldwide distribution.. Despite being ~2 milimeters long and not being able to move around so much. 2. It is an aberrant worm! It lost its #adultform … And it looks like a small, juvenile (#baby) worm during its entire #life. We think this is an adaptation to live in between sand grains … Where there is very little space available. Today we visited Svolvær and looked for specimens around this area. The photo is along the way. #phdlifeMN