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New Marine Science Center faculty focused on sustainability

The Marine Science Center has welcomed several new faculty members whose focus is urban coastal sustainability.

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MSC undergoes massive renovations as Center grows

In an ongoing effort to keep its neighbors in the loop about significant happenings at the Marine Science Center, Director Geoff Trussell recently sat down with the Lynn Item to talk about recent construction and plans for the Center’s future.

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Predicting consequence: another piece for the climate change toolbox

Understanding and predicting the biogeographic consequences of climate change requires some pretty sophisticated modeling. Professor Brian Helmuth and colleagues present a framework in the journal Ecology and Evolution to explore how confidence in our forecasts can vary depending on a few simple, measurable metrics of physiological performance.


Check out these virtual tours on your next staycation

The Helmuth Lab would like to take you where you may have never been before. Using Gigapan cameras, a number of virtual tours have been recorded in and around the Marine Science Center and beyond.

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Building a robot that can “see” smell

Ryan Myers of the Ayers lab is working on a unique question…how to get robots to “smell” their surroundings in order to better represent typical group behavior of a particular species – in this case, bees.

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The shark ate my homework

Assistant Professor David Kimbro was perplexed when he found some of his experimental cages missing or damaged in Apalachiolca Bay. Whodunit?


Reproduction in the sea cucumber, Rhabdomolgus ruber

Collaborative research on sea cucumber reproduction by the MSC’s founding Director, Nathan “Doc” Riser has been published posthumously.


The American lobster and the big, bad Atlantic cod

Research in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Scientists by PhD student Marissa McMahan – along with her advisor, Associate Professor Jon Grabowski, and other colleagues – uses technology to examine the significant impact that Atlantic cod have on lobster movement.


Grazers have significant impact on community life on the rocky shore

In recently published research related to the impacts that movement of water and the behavior of various consumers have on rocky intertidal algal communities, the MSC Director, Geoff Trussell, and colleagues shed some light on just who is really regulating community recovery…and it’s the grazers, not the predators, that seem to have the greatest impact.


An unlikely suspect – carbon fleeing the marsh

You just never know what might happen when stuff washes ashore! Professors Kimbro and Hughes’ research on the importance of salt marshes as “carbon sinks” investigates how marsh disturbance by seagrass wrack can release carbon into the atmosphere. The PLOS ONE piece has been featured in an NU InSolution blog post.

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