ALABAMA ASSISTANT PROFESSOR MAY HAVE FOUND NEW SPECIES
A University of Alabama assistant professor says he may have discovered a new species during a two-week deep ocean exploration trip.
Kevin Kocot and 24 other early-career scientists recently went on the training cruise today. While there, they collected coral and other invertebrates, including what Kocot described as a strange, worm-shaped mollusk he believes is a new species.
Kocot said it’s been a life-changing adventure.
“It’s a really different experience to really be there and to see it, and to look out the porthole and say, ‘Oh, I want that one, that’s what we need to collect,’ ” he said. “So it was just a really life-changing experience for me and my research, and something I hope to take advantage of in the future to get some of these very precious but hard to reach deep sea samples.”