The Jelly Program
Five years ago, through the dedication and interest of
Volunteers, the MaST Center implemented the Jelly Team. The
program, which revolves around the Aurelia labiata
(Moon Jelly), began under the direction of Mikiko Williams,
followed by Nicole Bostic, who was then succeeded by Bri Gabel.
By 2013, the Jelly Team made large strides towards expanding
the program under the direction of Jelly Team volunteer, Matt Wilson. Today,
the program is run by Jacqui Silva.
As well as collecting and developing polyps that are
created naturally, the Jelly Team experiments with in vitro
fertilization and spawning techniques using harvested gametes to produce polyps
artificially. Occasionally volunteers capture wild jellies to
keep the genetic pool healthy, however most jellies present at
the MaST Center have been created here. Research studying which of the three techniques is
most suitable for captive Moon Jellies has yet to be conducted.
Without volunteers this program would not exist, and
needs continued support!
If you are interested in joining the Jelly Team, please
Training is provided