By Craig Osenberg
"Norrisi is a beautiful gastropod that lives in kelp forests off the coast of California. My first scientific publication was on Norrisia - based on research I did with two friends the summer before I started graduate school. While I don't usually associate my research with any particular taxonomic group, I usually default to "fish" if asked, but I recently realized that molluscs are really the thread that ties together many of my research projects across the decades -- 1970s in Enewetak & Santa Barbara; 1980's at Catalina Island & Hickory Corners; 90's in California & Michigan; and 00-20's in Moorea and in salt marshes. So, I guess it's fair to say that molluscs are my rock. They've been with me my entire career along with my friends (collaborators, colleagues and wonderful students) -- we snailed it!"