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New Study: Queen Conch Populations are Fragmented

A new study found that Queen conch populations are not mixing across the Caribbean suggesting that there are multiple distinct populations. These findings have implications for management of conch fisheries and suggest that local management of populations may be crucial! Check out a popular news article featuring this work here and a link to the original research […]

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Conch, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Nassau Grouper research featured in National Geographic

Check out this National Geographic article written by Krista Sherman from Shedd Aquarium about Nassau grouper research in The Bahamas. See article here.

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Fish|0 Comments

18th century navigation maps reveal extensive losses to Florida Key’s reefs

It appears that declines of coral reefs have been going on longer than we thought. Recent research using old navigation maps from the late 1700s showed that coral reefs in the Florida Keys were much more extensive than previously believed, with the new estimates suggesting a ~50% reduction of total coral reef area (being converted to seagrass beds) since […]

By |September 17th, 2017|Categories: Climate Change, conservation, Coral, Current Events|0 Comments
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A recap of findings from mangrove disease research in Jamaica

A few months ago we posted about working with KSLF to bring our mangrove disease research to Jamaica (see here). Students from William Knibb High School participated in our mangrove disease activities (see here) and were able to isolate fungi from some diseased leaves they found. While we did find that one culture from Jamaica was the […]

By |September 14th, 2017|Categories: Education, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

cargo ships create more lightening

A recent study showed that the smog from massive cargo ships that criss-cross the oceans actually stimulates more lightening (up to twice as much). Another really interesting and really odd way we are altering really major processes on our planet. Short write-up about it can be found here.

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: pollution|0 Comments

Pupfish on San Salvador Island in the News

Did you know pupfish live in salty lakes on San Salvador Island? Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill have been studying them for years and recently made headway in understanding how the pupfish have diversified their feeding habits from eating algae to eating snails and fish scales. Check out a popular news article here that gives a nice […]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Fish|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Thoughts on recent animal introductions to Abaco

A recent issue of the journal, International Reptile Conservation Federation (IRCF), contains two short articles featuring recent observations of two new species introductions to Abaco. Below, I relay these findings and offer a few thoughts on what these recent observations suggest for the future of Abaco’s fauna. […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Categories: herpetology, Invasive Species, Lizards, Turtles, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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BMMRO & Beaked Whales in the News

Our friends at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) recently completed a pilot study that will help scientists measure the size of Beaked Whales. See their work featured in Coastal Angler magazine here.

By |August 16th, 2017|Categories: Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mangrove Disease Poster

We are presenting our mangrove disease research at the American Phytopathological Society (APS) conference this week. View a PDF of the poster here.

Bahamas Conch in the News

We’ve shared posts about conch populations before but a new study led by Dr. Kough from Shedd Aquarium found that the conch population declined 71% in 2016 compared to a 2011 survey in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. View the full study here and a popular news article here.