Ryerson Webseries: Mark Siddall

I did research on Mark E. Siddall for Ramona & Jefferson’s trip to NYC. They’re going on the weekend of the Singularity to interview at the event and at the American Museum of Natural History. He is a curator and professor that graduated from the University of Toronto, specializing in invertebrate zoology. The current exhibit that he curated is Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies (June 25, 2011 – June 24, 2012). An exhibition of more than 20 sets of large-format images, images from scientific studies taking place in the museum whether it be of parasites, people, or planet. Images from infrared photography, scanning electron microscopes, and CT scanners.

His research focus are leeches and he’s interested in the evolution and the compound in their DNA that stops blood from clotting. I was reading up articles about him recognizing that a leech brought in from Peru was a new species, Tyrannobella rex (or T. Rex), “tyrant leech king”, a bloodsucking leech with large teeth. It sounds like a scary leech that was noticed because it was on some poor girl. Also the summer of 2011, he also went on an expedition to Rwanda searching for leeches, collected 5 distinct species of leeches.

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About Cristal Sung

Cristal is a new media designer, who believes in the importance of feeding the soul with art, culture, and food. Her work focuses on themes of identity, sociopolitical problems and the concept of beauty. Cristal is from Hong Kong and studies in Toronto.

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