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.
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.
Nahanters Larry and Polly Bradley have a long history of supporting research and conservation efforts benefitting the local marine environment, achievements that were recognized in a small ceremony honoring the couple at the MSC.
The Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL), New England Biolabs Inc., and Northeastern University have reached an agreement that will bring a collection of tissue and DNA from the world’s most rare, strange, and remarkable ocean creatures to the Marine Science Center.
The Antarctic is a major hotbed (pun intended) of research related to climate change – Professor Bill Detrich’s work on Antarctic icefish included. Check out this great piece about the relevance of this work to human health.
Assistant Professor Tarik Gouhier has been researching ways in which the combination of environmental stress and species interactions play into how certain non-native marine species invasions succeed. This is particularly important in cases where species introductions can alter ecosystem services, such as coastal protection, which are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC), a network that includes 55 member institiutions from around New England, has spawned numerous regional marine education projects in which the NUMSC has been an active participant. The MSC’s outreach coordinator, Carole McCauley, is now taking a turn at the helm of this group.
Professors Mark Patterson and Brian Helmuth are working with Fabian Cousteau to develop the research workplan for the “Mission 31″ event. This saturation experience, aboard Florida International University’s Aquarius underwater facility, will supersede Aquarius’ 30-day record set by Fabian’s grandfather, the legendary Jacques Cousteau 50 years ago.
After 37 years, 40,000 specimens, and 150 gallons of owl pellets, Professor Gwil Jones, also the Director for the NU Center for Vertebrate Studies, is looking forward to continuing to feed his passions for birding and family.
Research gracing the cover of the Journal of Experimental Biology, also gaining coverage in ScienceNOW, looks into how one marine organism handles fluctuating sea temperatures. This helps Professor Brian Helmuth understand how climate change may multiply stress in the already stressful rocky intertidal environment.