I am SO EXCITED to share that the species description of Echinoderes kohni, the kinorhynch that I found at Friday Harbor Laboratories, is officially published! Manuscript HERE!
The species is named for Alan J. Kohn, the retired UW professor responsible for the Kohn Fellowship, which funded my trip to Friday Harbor in summer 2017 to take Invertebrate Zoology. I am so thrilled that my first species description, something I wanted to do since I was 5, was able to honor somebody who continues to support students.
Even more magical, I was informed that Gustav Paulay, who taught the course along with my coauthor Peter Funch, used my paper in Invertebrate Zoology this week to teach kinorhynchs. That last time Gustav taught that class, I was a student in the process of discovering it! What an incredible full-circle at Friday Harbor Labs!