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.

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.

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The oyster doctors hit the silver screen

Last May I posted about a very cool sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion project from Ran­dall Hughes and David Kimbro, both assis­tant pro­fes­sors of marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence. Before they came to North­eastern a […]

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Scientists blog for positive change, in environment and community

New fac­ulty mem­bers Ran­dall Hughes and David Kimbro set up shop at the Marine Sci­ence Center this winter after spending sev­eral years at Florida State Uni­ver­sity studying oyster reefs. During their time in Tallahassee, […]

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Ecosystems serve up a healthy portion of prevention

A few months ago incoming fac­ulty member Brian Hel­muth saw a camel on the side of a river in the East Hammar Marsh in Basra, Iraq. “At first I thought, […]