Voyage & Home: Ostracod Odyssey

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Voyage & Home: Ostracod Odyssey
Peer into an enormous petri dish, magnified as if under a giant

microscope, and examine awesome ostracods on a vast scale. The story

of a local science hero is revealed and his knowledge in exploring

contemporary climate change research unlocked.



Ostracods are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that are an important part

of marine and freshwater food chains. They’re tiny but essential

parts of the aquatic ecosystem. We know ostracods are sensitive to

changes in their environment, and can use them to study these changes.



The 19th century Brady collection contains approximately 6,000

specimens, of which about 4,500 are marine invertebrates. It is of

great local historical importance as well as being a scientifically

valuable resource. George Brady named and described many new ostracod

species from the first scientific expeditions of the oceans. He

noticed patterns in the diversity and distribution of ostracod species

in the samples he was sent from around the world.



Brady’s work provides the first detailed overview of global ostracod

populations, and is an important tool in the study of how they have

changed over time.

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