re: Sea Slug Forum

November 11, 1998
From: J.E.Austin

Dear Dr. Rudman,

Thank-you so much for answering my sea slug questions. It began in Friday Harbor- the University of Washington's marine station. My passion for nudibranchs. I'm foremost a fish person, so I find that I'm straddling the vert-invert fence. More exciting that way. My name is Jenifer Austin but I simply use my last name, so I would appreciate if you just call me "Austin."

I will collect the Hypselodoris eggs today and work on raising them. There was a grad student form Tel Aviv raising Dorid eggs in a Larval ecology class up at Friday Harbor, so I'll see if I can find out his

I am unaware of how collaborative information gets passed around the world of sea slug scientists. But if you are ever interested in Bermudean slugs, Wolfgang Sterrer's - Marine Flora and Fauna of Bermuda - provides an excellent guide with photos. Some collaborator from Florida collected nudibranchs here for him. I did not get to collect any Scyllea in the Sargassum because extratropical storm Mitch made an entrance with choppy wave action out on our deep water cruise.

I would like to ask your advice about research internships. I am planning to be in London for three months starting in May and am looking to do some research type internship preferable in a research lab at a University or Museum where the professor works on either sea slugs or fish. And has time to teach an eager student. I was wondering if you have any colleagues that you can recommend. As an American, I do not have much of a feel for the academic setting in the U.K. other than from websites and British students that I've met here in Bermuda.

Thank-you for your time,

Austin (J.E.)
Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc.
Ferry Reach
St. George, GE01

Austin, J.E., 1998 (Nov 11) re: Sea Slug Forum. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Austin,
Sorry to hear you were affected by "Mitch". I don't think I can really help with advice on possible research places in London. There are certainly no nudibranch workers there. John Taylor at the Natural History Museum might be able to give you advice.

Good luck with the egg raising and please keep us in mind if you find or photograph anything interesting.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman


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