The Hughes Lab conducted field surveys and glasshouse experiments to investigate phenotypic variation within the invasive common reed, Phragmites australis, at four sites along the east coast of North America. Research on intraspecific variation of this invader will improve impact assessments and guide salt marsh management in estuarine ecosystems invaded by P. australis.
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.
Assistant Professor Randall Hughes, Christine Ramsay-Newtom (S’15), and colleagues studied the 5-year impacts of the invasive Dasysiphonia japonica at the species, community, and ecosystem level to better understand how the invader itself changes immediately following its establishment.
MSC Director Geoff Trussell is leading an interdisciplinary research study this summer with the goal of identifying common rules governing community organization that can be scaled up to explain broad biogeographic variation across the Gulf of Maine.
The MSC Director talks about how coastal erosion, rising sea levels, fishery issues, and invasive species are some of the major issues facing urban coastal sustainability this year.
A recent publication by MSC postdoctoral researcher Steven Scyphers highlights the importance of citizen efforts in tackling conservation problems such as the spread of invasive species.