Undergrad Helps Discover New Bacterium on Way to Marine Biology Degree!
Vanessa K. Zapeda, who earned her Marine Biology degree in 2014, played an instrumental role in the discovery of the bacterium Terasakiispira papahanumokuakeensis in a pond in the Pearl and Hermes Atoll. According to the chair of the Department of Microbiology, Stuart Donachie, who was also her advisor for the research program,
"The spiral-shaped bacterium grown from a pond on the Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is the only known representative of a new genus and species."
The paper was published in International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, with Vanessa listed as the lead author. For a more detailed look on the story check out the link found here!