I miss Charlie Drewes, invertebrate biologist from ISU. I miss his humor and his dedication to helping biology teachers become better biologists. Charlie left us too soon but much of this work is still available on his web site. Check it out. There is a huge resource of ideas for the classroom on this site. The worm image introducing this post is from that web site. Charlie hosted summer workshops and made numerous presentations at NABT popularizing the use of invertebrates in biology. Lumbriculus variegatus was most often the focus of his presentations. Charlie would have gotten a big kick out of this recent news.
One of the first times I saw Charlie’s work was at the Phoenix NABT convention where Charlie was presenting the lumbriculus (blackworms) as an alternative organism to planaria for investigating regeneration—I don’t think this is the kind of worm splitting we were talking about that day.