David Cowles - The Triumphs and Trials of a Photosynthetic Animal
Pentidotea resecata is a large, green isopod which lives on eelgrass near Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory during the summer. My students and I have investigated whether, besides providing good camouflage, its green color may be due to chlorophyll and whether the animal may, therefore, be able to photosynthesize. Evidence suggest these animals do have chlorophyll and can perform photosynthesis. I will present evidence for whether or not this is an advantage for the animal; and will explore some of the potential negative consequences of having active photosynthesis. In addition, I will present data that help give us some insight into its life cycle.
E.O. Grundset, Lecture, David Cowles, Photosynthetic Animal
Southern Adventist University, "David Cowles - The Triumphs and Trials of a Photosynthetic Animal" (2017). E.O. Grundset Lecture Series. 26.