Singing About Sea Slugs

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2010) – The sea slug that USF biologist Sidney Pierce discovered is part animal, part plant first captured worldwide attention this month. Now it’s also inspired a song.


Sanden Totten of Minnesota Public Radio’s In the Loop composed this little ditty as a tribute to the slug Elysia chlorotica, which has become world renowned since Pierce’s discovery that the slug actually manufactures the most common form of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that captures energy from sunlight.

To hear the tune, click here.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.