Professor Mark Patterson and colleagues used underwater robots to survey deepwater environments around one of the world’s best-known marine protected areas, the island of Bonaire. A new method was developed using acoustic instruments carried by the robots to quantify the diversity of seafloor types, which allows efficient mapping of areas where new species may be found.
The Ocean Genome Legacy is gearing up for the Third Annual Nahant Coastal BioBlitz on September 10th. They have been using the BioBlitz format at events across the country as a way to engage the public in exploring, identifying, and appreciating the richness of local marine life.
Two of the Evolution, Ecology, and Marine Biology PhD students have been awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Recognizing outstanding graduate student, the awards will support three years of research.
As living shorelines have rapidly increased in popularity, the science has matured to a level where the first textbook on the science and practice of living shorelines has been released. Assistant Professor Scyphers has co-authored a book chapter framing the potential benefits of living shorelines for nature and people.
While results of a survey of Florida anglers revealed that potential conflicts with other fisheries may impede shark conservation efforts, most were supportive of both conservation and sustainable fisheries goals. Assistant Professor Steven Scyphers’ work highlights the importance for management of understanding stakeholder attitudes and perceptions.
PhD student Bobby Murphy of the Grabowski Lab shares wisdom from years of catching, studying, and eating prized striped bass.
Stemming from a 2016 international group of scientists where researchers discussed a new framework for understanding the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems, Professor Brian Helmuth and colleagues worked to describes how we can best predict the larger, ecosystem-scale impacts of global change.
Fishery-independent surveys conducted by the Grabowski Lab and colleagues determined that oyster declines were largely coincident with the oiling and freshwater diversion response activities associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident, though many potential confounding factors are also considered.
Recent work out of the Bowen Lab and colleagues seeks to uncover the structure of the bacterial community responsible for causing lobster shell disease, which is starting to affect the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery.
Assistant Professor Katie Lotterhos, along with graduate students and colleagues, work to develop and evaluate ways of combining results from different approaches to genomic data analysis, which leads to improvements in performance.