Craig Layman

About 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.

Rolling Harbour

We haven’t mentioned the Rolling Harbour website in some time.  If you are not familiar with it, it is a nice site for Bahamas natural history observations. Check it out – here is the latest.

By | 2018-12-03T17:35:20+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Droning On (In a Good Way)

Enie Hensel’s drone research featured by NCSU (story here and paper here). Nice job Enie! The paper Abstract to follow….

Large-bodied animals, megafauna, are disproportionately threatened and yet, remain relatively difficult to monitor. This is particularly true in the ocean. Consumer-grade drones have high definition imagery and offer a non-invasive way to monitor a subset of marine megafauna, especially […]

By | 2018-11-26T10:11:16+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Categories: Featured, marine protected areas, sharks, Turtles|0 Comments

At the Nexus of People and Basic Science

Our own Jake Allgeier has a feature blog post in Science, the world’s foremost scientific journal (link here). Great to see his research and outreach in Haiti being recognized!

By | 2018-11-22T09:11:16+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Categories: conservation, Education, Featured, Fish, Fishery management, Haiti, Overfishing|0 Comments

Illegal Harvest and Colonial Governance

Each summer NCSU professors Nils Peterson and Brian Langerhans teach a course at Forfar Field Station. As part of this course, they always include a sociological study on Andros. This year they looked at local peoples’ opinions on illegal harvesting and use their thoughts to speculate on some of the drivers of this issue. An easy […]

By | 2018-11-19T22:01:13+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Overfishing, Policy, Regulations|0 Comments

Endemic Plants of San Sal

A guess post from Lee Kass about her recent paper. An intro from Lee followed by paper details from her abstract. Thanks Lee!

Endemic Seed Plants of San Salvador Island and their Importance for Plant Conservation

The Island of San Salvador in the Bahama Archipelago is believed to have been the landfall of Christopher Columbus and his crew […]

By | 2018-11-17T09:13:07+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Categories: Out Islands, Plants|0 Comments

Never Home Alone

A really fascinating new book by my colleague Rob Dunn – an absolute must read. It details the incredible world of life that lives in your homes. Here is the Amazon link and review.

Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces […]

By | 2018-11-14T19:55:24+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Categories: citizen science, Featured, Invasive Species, Invertebrates|0 Comments

A Fishwatcher’s Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything

Came across this fun new book that alludes to, among so many other interesting natural history morsels, our research on fish “pee”.  Here are some quick excerpts: “… fish ecologist Jacob Allgeier spent years working out just how much coral reefs rely on fish pee. The practical side of his work … involved catching hundreds of fish species and carefully […]

By | 2018-11-22T09:15:09+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Categories: Current Events, Fish, Nutrients|0 Comments