MSC researchers and their colleagues are studying the impact that patch size has on establishment of Spartina grass in salt marsh restoration, particularly at various inundation levels. The findings that larger patches fare better helps scientists and resource managers to better understand factors affecting success and ecological return on investment.
Associate Professor Jennifer Bowen and a colleague published a paper in Nature Communications on the surprising evolutionary lineages of the common reed, Phragmites australis. Their exciting results have the potential to lead them around the world learning more about native and invasive plant species.
Scientific divers from the MSC recently assisted the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries with an eelgrass restoration project in Salem Sound. Assistant Professor Randall Hughes is also testing the efficacy of using plants sourced from multiple sites to increase eelgrass community resilience.
Assistant Professor Katie Lotterhos and colleagues investigate rockfish population dynamics in Barkley Sound, British Columbia, and suggest that habitat characteristics can influence recruitment.
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.
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.