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.
Seagrass restoration efforts often involve collecting transplants from one or two source sites. According to research by Assistant Professor Randall Hughes and colleagues, there was sometimes a benefit, and never a cost, of including three source sites per transplant plot rather than one.
MSC postdoc Jon Puritz and colleagues researched two species of intertidal sea stars in Australia, and found that the species with pelagic larvae had higher genetic diversity than the one with benthic larvae. This may be of interest in sea star conservation, particularly for the latter species.
Recent research by Grabowski Lab postdoctoral researcher Rachel Gittman and colleagues suggests that nature-based coastal protection schemes may be able to more effectively align with shoreline homeowner needs.
Recent PhD graduate Lin Zhu of the Ayers Lab and colleagues recently published work aiding understanding of how brain and spinal cord mechanisms in lobster ganglia generate rhythm transitions that translate to things such as changes in animal speed.
Sara Williams of the Patterson Lab recently used a 3D printer to create a custom propellor for the lab’s flume tank, which allows her to study the fluid mechanics of corals.
The Johnson Elementary School has been honored by the New England Aquarium with an Ocean Stewardship Award, which is given annually to a school that demonstrates a commitment to protecting the ocean.