The Essential Rhythm 2/26/23: Other uses for mucus

Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

This episode describes the ‘ciliary mucus particle transport’ mechanism that many animals use for feeding. Reef building corals are the primary example featured in this show. Suspension feeding Molluscs are also included as an example of independent evolution of this trait (two or more lineages landing on the same trait independently).

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.