For the next two weeks faculty, students, and staff from Northeastern University’s Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative and led by professors Mark Patterson and Brian Helmuth are taking part in Mission 31.
Marine and Environmental Sciences
Fish are not silent creatures. Just like the terrestrial world, there’s a veritable symphony of sound echoing under the sea. Indeed, the black drum fish was the subject of many a phone call to the Miami police back in 2005, when their midnight mating calls were waking up the locals.
Waterfront homeowners’ efforts represent hundreds of thousands of miniature conservation projects. Understanding how they tick is essential to urban coastal sustainability efforts, according to post-doctoral research fellow Steven Scyphers.
It’s been 12 years since research technician Sara Williams first learned of Aquarius. Now she’s getting a chance to visit it herself during Mission 31, a monthlong research dive.
Graduate student Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in conjunction with Mission 31, a monthlong underwater expedition led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zooplankton on coral reefs.
As part of a month-long underwater research mission, graduate student Allison Matzelle will lead a project studying the flow of energy through one of the oldest organisms in the world: the giant barrel sponge.
Allison Matzelle and Tanya Rogers are among 2,000 awardees from a pool of more than 14,000 applicants to the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program, which aims to help ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States.
Jon Grabowski, associate professor of marine and environmental science, has been working with other fisheries scientists as well as economists, social scientists, and policy makers to determine the best strategies for dealing with the all of the Northeast region’s fisheries that impact habitat, which includes cod, haddock, cusk, scallops, clams and other fish that live near the sea floor and are of significant socioeconomic value to the region.
The squirming claws of a blue lobster did not deter U.S. Reps. John Tierney and Katherine Clark from getting their hands dirty—and soaked—as they eagerly examined the rare species on Wednesday at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.
Research from Northeastern University ecologist David Kimbro, along with colleagues Jon Grabowski and Randall Hughes, shows that the behavior of middle predators in marine food webs plays an important role in the welfare of the whole system—and that, like our behavior, middle predator behavior is pretty fickle.