Carnivorous conchs to blame for oyster decline

David Kimbro, a marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has solved the mys­tery of why reefs in Florida inlets were expe­ri­encing large num­bers of oyster loss. Drought and sub­se­quent high salt levels in water led to a pop­u­la­tion spike in one of the oys­ters’ main preda­tors: conchs.

3Qs: New approach to understanding climate change

North­eastern pro­fessor Brian Hel­muth and a group of inter­na­tional researchers recently pub­lished a review paper in Cli­mate Change Responses calling for a new approach to under­standing and pre­dicting the impact of cli­mate change.

Stuck in the middle with oysters and crabs

New research from marine sci­en­tists at North­eastern shows that the behavior of middle preda­tors in marine food webs plays an impor­tant role in the wel­fare of the whole system—and that, like our behavior, middle predator behavior is pretty fickle.

Northeastern recognized for commitment to sustainability

Uni­ver­sity makes Princeton Review’s 2011 guide to most envi­ron­men­tally respon­sible “green col­leges” in the United States and Canada

3Qs: Lionfish roar into tropical waters

Inva­sive species can wreak havoc on ecosys­tems, like the Atlantic Ocean off the South­eastern U.S. and the Caribbean. Researchers have strug­gled in recent years to combat the pres­ence of lion­fish — which are native to the Indo-​​Pacific waters. Annette Govin­darajan, an instructor in North­eastern University’s Depart­ment of Earth and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ences, explores the dan­gers that this fish and other inva­sive species present.