New Type of Tardigrade Study Using Birds

BALDWIN CITY, Kan., July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Baker University students and faculty began on July 1 a three-year research project at the Baker University Wetlands supported by a National Science Foundation Infrastructure Innovation for Biological Research grant. The grant will assist in the collection of tardigrades from birds and habitats.

The NSF awarded $256,849 for the project, titled Cross Departmental Development of an Automated Species Identification System for the Phylum Tardigrada Found on Birds. It is a collaborative effort between Scott Kimball, associate professor of biology; Randy Miller, director of research; Robert Schukei, assistant professor of computer science; Mahmoud Al-Kofahi, professor of physics; Irene Unger, associate professor of biology and director of the Baker Wetlands; and Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology and director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology at University of California, Davis.

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