Pufferfish Here, Pufferfish There

We have posted some natural history observations on the checkered puffer before (see here and here and here), and now the scientific paper on their dietary habitats has been published (here). We think this species is a plays a much under-appreciated role in nearshore ecosystems of The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. They are ubiquitous in shallow waters and often reach high abundances, yet little is known about their ecology. Perhaps they are a critical trophic link from small invertebrates (snails or barnacles) to predators such as herons, barracuda or juvenile sharks. Another great example of how much we have to learn about shallow water ecology of The Bahamas. Great job Ryann Rossi and colleagues!

By | 2018-11-22T09:19:31-05:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Featured, Fish, Mangroves and Creeks|Comments Off on Pufferfish Here, Pufferfish There

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.