Hi, Brenda here!
This is my first time in Sweden, and winter is really cold in this part of the World. Nonetheless, I am enjoying my stay because I am surrounded by cool, friendly peers at university, and everyone has been so welcoming and helpful, so I am very grateful for that. Swedish “Fika” (coffee break) culture is very fun, not gonna lie!

Also, I will start learning Swedish next month, and I am so looking forward to that!

For the past three months, I have been conducting my experiments at the Evolutionary Biology Center of Uppsala University. My supervisor and I share a spacious laboratory with researchers who work with zebrafish embryos.

In this short post, I would like to introduce the animals which I am working with for my research. Given that I want to study the evolution and development of panarthropods (spiders, insects, etc), the animals selected are:

  • Velvet worms (Euperipatoides kanangrensis)

Euperipatoides kanangrensis (photo Wikipedia)

  • The common house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)

Parasteatoda tepidariorum (image source: public domain)

  • Black pill millipedes (Glomeris marginata)

Glomeris marginata (© Ralf Janssen)

  • The red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum)

Tribolium castaneum (©Georg Goergen, source: CABI CPC)

In my next post, I will expand more on some fun aspects of their biology and embryo development. So, please, stay tuned!