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Ryann Rossi

About Ryann Rossi

My general research interests lie in the ecology of marine coastal ecosystems. I am most interested in the role plant diseases have in shaping the ecology of coastal and estuarine environments. I am currently studying the role of a plant pathogen in a die-off of Red Mangroves in The Bahamas. Follow Ryann Rossi

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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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 […]

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Mangrove outreach in the classroom

We recently began a collaboration with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation where we are bringing our disease research on mangroves into the classroom. We worked with Amy Heemsoth, director of education at Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, to develop a lesson plan in which students help collect and isolate disease from mangrove leaves. We recently piloted this […]

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New Bonefish Pre-Spawning Aggregation Found

Scientists from Bonefish and Tarpon Trust recently found an undocumented pre-spawning bonefish aggregation off of Andros. They estimated around 2,000 bonefish exhibiting pre-spawning behaviors such as gulping for air. Read more about their find here.

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: bonefish|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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Transforming seawalls with fake mangroves

A research group from University of Kansas are investigating an interesting way to transform manmade structures in our waterways. Dr. Keith Van de Reit and students have added fake red mangrove panels to a seawall in Fort Myers, FL. They plan to monitor the fake mangroves to see whether they will attract marine organisms that utilize mangrove roots for […]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Restoration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Mangroves worth billions just by capturing Carbon

A recent study found that mangroves within Everglades National Park store between $2 billion and $3.4 billion dollars of Carbon. See abstract below and links to popular news articles here and here.

“Old growth mangroves in existing protected areas store more carbon than restored forests or plantations. Carbon storage in such forests has economic value independent of additionality, offering opportunities […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , |0 Comments