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.
Volunteers Jacqui Silva and Matt Wilson greatly expanded the
jelly team. Today, it is headed by Lindsay O'Neal.
New in 2016!
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 on which of the three
techniques is most suitable for captive Moon Jellies is ongoing.
Jelly Team volunteers are also actively researching the optimal diet for aquarium-raised jellies.
Without volunteers this program would not exist, and
needs continued support!
If you are interested in joining the Jelly Team, please
Training is provided