Liv goes on a Hawaiian stay-cation

Our very own author Liv Williamson will be heading to Hawai'i in the next couple weeks to be a visiting researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) for 1.5 months with Dr. Mary Hagedorn's lab, learning and helping improve methods for cryopreservation of coral gametes. This is important work not only for gene banking, helping us preserve crucial biodiversity on reefs despite massive losses in coral cover worldwide, but it is also a promising tool for selective breeding of corals. The goal is to eventually identify the strongest, most stress-resilient colonies from different locations and cross their gametes to produce offspring that are tolerant of heat stress but still retain the appropriate genetic information for other local adaptations. She is very excited to start this new chapter of her research, and she will keep you updated (and probably write an article) as she goes. Way to go Liv!