How did squid become your specialty?
Hey there Sarah! Glad you're doing this AMA!
I'd like us to have a look at the historically important but now extinct orthocone nautiloïds. In paleo classes, they are usually presented to us as essentially "Squids with shells". How valid is this analogy, from the perspective of someone with a strong familiarity and understanding of actual squids, and if that image is not that great where does the comparison break down?
Asking kind of a stupid question here.
Do the cuttlefish in artificial surroundings have any significant physiological or genetic changes when successive generations are reared in that environment?
Like will they lose their camouflage ability or will it be less effective?
What is raising squid like? What sorts of things do you observe about them as they grow? Do they have different personalities, do you form a connection with them at all?
What sort of immune cells make up the squids immune system? Do they have an adaptive side? Or just innate cells? Thanks! Your work sounds really interesting
Is raising bioluminescent squids difficult? Is it something an amateur could do in a saltwater aquarium?
Hi Sarah, thanks for doing this AMA and organizing Skype A Scientist. After a successful first year with 2 classrooms, I’ve just signed up for my second year.
Question: Have you heard of “squid mixing” in a Physical Oceanography context? Thoughts?
There’s this ongoing puzzle in my field about what’s causing the deep ocean to mix and every once and a while people bring up the idea of biomixing (i.e. mixing due to biomass movements), often jokingly. However, there are some places in the deep ocean where mixing rates are remarkably low (about 100 times molecular diffusion of temperature) and its conceivable that biomixing might be important. I’ve heard rumors of back-of-the-envelope calculations that mixing by giant squid in the deep ocean might actually be significant, because their propulsion mechanism creates turbulent overturns that cause mixing.
Hi Sarah. Thanks for doing the AMA. I've been following your experiments since sponsoring a squid (shoutout to Squid Vicious Jr) a while back. I was just wondering how you decided to get into this field and what, specifically, about squid interested you to choose this line of research.
Wow, you're the person who started Skype a Scientist, that's awesome (so are squid though!). Apologies if you mention these in the interviews but I'm in a bit of an internet rough patch. How did you come up with the idea? How many classes get paired up each week? Any tips for us here trying to do science communication and outreach as well?
Happy coincidence I signed into Skype a Scientist last week.
What do the squid use their bioluminescence for? Is it a communication system? Hunting strategy?
Hello! Thank you for doing this AMA. What would you say are the main differences you've found in working with different cephalopods? Are there differences in behavior and intelligence? They're really interesting animals that have always fascinated me!
what would the results you get from
the immune system study be used for? it seems like a very specific study, but i'm sure the findings will be applicable in much larger ways.
Hi Sarah! So excited you're doing this AMA!
What is the typical life cycle of squids/cephalopods? When do they reach sexual maturity, how long is their average lifespan?
What do you think of the Cephalopodcast? Do they get their facts straight?
With all the fascinating information you possess on Squid, do you see it as an ethical problem to consume them as food?