Developmental Biology in the Ocean

Along with teaching undergraduates, there are opportunities for graduate education at the Hopkins Marine Station!

First inject KCL to induce spawning in sand dollars
Next students collect sperm and egg
Watch as development proceeds! (Photo Credit: Pranav Vyas)

An intrepid bunch of graduate students in a variety of disciplines from Stanford’s main campus are headed into the final hours of “Developmental Biology in the Ocean 2018.” This three-week course at focuses on the embryology and larval development of a broad range of marine invertebrate phyla with many hours staring down a microscope at a whole world of strange creatures. The main goal of the course is to give students an appreciation of the range of developmental strategies and larval forms in the ocean and why this is critical for constructing hypotheses of animal evolution.

Follow along with their adventure on our course blog for more!


Students getting brittle stars to spawn by exposing them to sun, higher temperatures, and repeatedly getting flipped over
A sampling of a variety of brittle stars used for spawning (Photo Credit: Aurora Alvarez-Buylla)