Students in our Three Seas Program taking the Diving Research Methods class were recently shadowed by a Northeastern University photographer, who captured many stunning photos of the students in action.
Through measuring predation risk and foraging abilities of three size classes of a juvenile fish in Southern California eelgrass beds, graduate student Mallarie Yeager and a colleague show that variation in eelgrass shoot density interacts with juvenile fish age and body size to dictate seagrass habitat value.
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.
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.