Washington | May, 2009 |

This fieldtrip took us to stunning Washington State, with its moist temperate forests to the west and arid plateaus to the east. We (Alejandro Oceguera-Figueroa of UNAM and myself) were searching for a new species of Placobdella that had previously been collected by colleagues in that area. Not only did we recover that species, but we serendipitously found a second new species after surveying the better part of the state. The results were published in 2010 in American Museum Novitates (see Publications above) together with Sarah Watson, Dominic Sankar, Robin Overstreet and Mark Siddall.