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What makes conch shells so tough?

A group of researchers at MIT inspired by the strength of conch shells have discovered how to mimic the architecture of the shells so that the new impact resistant materials may be made. Check out a popular news article here and watch a great video here.

By |June 1st, 2017|Categories: Conch|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Fungi update from Abaco students

In March we worked with students on Abaco to isolate some more fungi from diseased mangrove leaves. You can read a short update of what students at Forest Heights Academy found on their diseased mangrove leaves here!

A big thanks to the students at Forest Heights Academy, FRIENDS of the Environment, and KSLOF.

By |May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Ryann Rossi’s Research Featured by NCSU

Video link here. Great job Ryann!

By |May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|0 Comments

‘New Virtual Dive Gallery Puts National Marine Sanctuaries at the Tip of Your Fingers’

In case anyone needs a quick break, take a virtual snorkel break with NOAA’s beautiful photography gallery.  HERE is a recent article NOAA posted for its debut and the the virtual tours can be found HERE. Enjoy.

 

By |May 16th, 2017|Categories: conservation, Coral, marine protected areas|0 Comments

Hear the roar of the lionfish recorded for the first time

Here is a popular press piece (link here) on the first documented sound production in lionfish. The original paper well qualifies that these data are just preliminary, but very interesting what role this sound production may play. Here is a paragraph from the article with some speculation:

Sound is a critical component of fish social behaviour and sound production […]

By |May 12th, 2017|Categories: Invasive Species, lionfish|0 Comments

Artificial reefs in Haiti – ampil poisson!

We have been reporting on our long-term artificial reef research in Haiti for a few years now. This year we were pleased to learn that not only did our reefs survive the massive hurricane Mathew, but they also had substantially more fish on them than they did last year. This is a really positive sign that the reefs are providing […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Fish, Haiti|0 Comments
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  • Fungal Cultures
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Potential mangrove disease in Jamaica

We recently posted about partnering with Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) to bring our mangrove disease research into the classroom in The Bahamas. Just this past week, students in grade 11 Biology at William Knibb High School in Jamaica were also able to experience our mangrove disease research in their classrooms as part of […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
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Glass Sponge Reef Cruise- Watch Live!

Dr. Stephanie K. Archer has been studying glass sponge reefs in British Colombia since leaving the lab here at NC State. Beginning Thursday, May 12, she will be on a research cruise exploring the Hectate Strait glass sponge reef. There will be a live feed of the dives on the reef at this

By |May 10th, 2017|Categories: Deep Sea|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Preliminary insights on how mangrove pathogen interacts with salt

We were fortunate enough to have a high school student from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics volunteer in our lab at NC State. She designed two experiments to help us understand how the fungus causing mangrove lesions interacts with salt, one of the abiotic stressors we think likely contributed to the mangrove die-off.

First, she tested if […]

By |May 8th, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Undergraduate Research|0 Comments
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New summary of mangrove die-off research

Recently we posted about bringing our mangrove disease research into the classroom. In addition to bringing field and lab skills into the classroom, we also developed a blog post for students to read and analyze as an addition to the mangrove education curriculum developed by Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.  You can check […]