Shellfish on Treadmills

Our very own Dr. Lou Burnett was featured with Pacific University’s David Scholnick on NBC’s Today Show last Tuesday!  This all started with a blue crab and a treadmill. Then social media took over, and now shrimp and blue crab are seen running along a treadmill set to classic themes from Rocky and even Benny Hill.

The experiment began with the simple question of how do pollutants influence daily performance of shellfish. Lou and his crew simulated pollutants by exposing crab and shrimp to bacteria and giving stress tests.  Lindy Thibodeaux, a Marine Biology grad student, explains the experiment in greater detail in the video above.

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