The Essential Rhythm 1/9/22: How they stick

Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

This episode describes the misconception that animals physically suction themselves to rock surfaces in the intertidal zone, and discusses new research that demonstrates that organisms generate a mucus with temporary adhesive properties (aka reversible glue) to navigate life in a wave impacted environment.

About the host:
Sarah O’Malley is an ecologist, naturalist and science communicator passionate about deepening her listeners’ experiences with the natural world. She teaches biology and sustainability at Maine Maritime Academy and is currently collaborating on a guide book to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Maine.