He would have also learned that this experiment was part of a larger research grant aimed at understanding how infectious disease can compromise the respiratory systems of lower vertebrates and invertebrates and thereby limit the ability of animals to sustain and recover from normal activities.
Why might this be important? Shrimp are part of the ocean food chain upon which a large number of humans depend. As the oceans become more degraded with bacteria and more of these bacteria thrive because of warmer ocean waters, it will be important to know the effects on our food supplies.
Not as funny as “shrimp fitness” but, hey, Ransom would never let the facts get in the way of a punchline.