The main objective of this project is to discover supporting evidence that the seemingly different aquatic invertebrates, Brachiopoda and Bryozoa, are related via a single characteristic feeding organ. The list of organisms that belong to the superphylum Lophotrochozoa is extremely limited, even though their morphologies are vastly different. Through various microscopy techniques, feeding organs are examined and compared as evidence of the link between lineages.
Jessica Dudley is a senior at Kent State and is majoring in Geology. After she graduates she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in Biology. She is very passionate about the workings of the Earth, and is interested in anthropogenic climate change and its effects on biological processes. When she is not busy with school or work, Jessica enjoys kayaking, hiking, and improving her skills at carpentry.