Jim Nestler - Sea Cucumbers: Rotting and Regenerating Zombies of the Sea
The California Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) is a commonly-known echinoderm on the west coast of North America with a little-known seasonal cycle. In late fall, animals stop moving and experience complete degradation of their internal organs; they become little more than apparently dead bags of skin. Several weeks later, with no external signs of life, the internal organs regenerate and animals regain their activity. Dr. Nestler will describe current molecular, physiological, and ecological research he and his students are conducting on this bizarre phenomenon, and implications their findings may have for loss and regeneration of human internal organs.
E.O. Grundset, Lecture, Jim Nestler, Sea Cucumbers
Southern Adventist University, "Jim Nestler - Sea Cucumbers: Rotting and Regenerating Zombies of the Sea" (2018). E.O. Grundset Lecture Series. 17.