Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins


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Published on Sep 10, 2015

A record-breaking year, thanks to you!

We had a record-breaking year during our field season at Two Harbors, Catalina Island. This experience would not have been possible without the generous support from our many backer...

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Published on Apr 09, 2015

We made it because of you. Thank you so much!

We have succeeded because of your generous support. We cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm for our research. Thank you for not only providing us with this op...

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Published on Apr 07, 2015

The final hours!

We are only a few hours away from the end of our campaign! We are currently 86% funded. Just a little bit more and we will reach our goals. Thank you for getting us this far. We ...

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Published on Apr 04, 2015

Only 3 days left!

Our campaign has only three days left to reach our goal. We are incredibly humbled and honored to have received the donations from our gracious backers up until this point. Every do...

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Published on Apr 02, 2015

Two Jaws: The better to eat and swallow you with, my dear

(Watch the video of the pharyngeal jaws in action here!) Fish are an amazing group of vertebrates. Not only are fish colorful and diverse but they have two sets of jaws. Fish ha...

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Published on Mar 20, 2015

Searching for moray homes

Having a hardworking team of dedicated researchers makes field research not only effective but very rewarding. Our names are Jacob Harrison and Shohei Burns and we worked for Rita a...

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Published on Mar 13, 2015

Food too big...why knot?!

Over the last year, I have had the coolest independent research project at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). I watch California morays feed in a laboratory setting. Imagine that you ...

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Published on Mar 17, 2015

PIT Tagging Morays

For studying California moray eels inhabiting the waters off Catalina Island, we use PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags to give each moray eel an identity. Similar to the microchips veterina...

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Published on Mar 06, 2015

How to trap a moray

The first afternoon in the field is particularly charged with excitement. Our main task is to prepare the moray traps for their inaugural night of soaking for the season. This is one of my favorite...

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Hey Christina! The PIT tags are very small. Imagine two grains of rice stacked end-to-end. They are loaded into a syringe and then injected into the tail muscle of the moray. You can see this in the last photo on the Lab Note. It's certainly exciting whenever we find a recapture!