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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

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
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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

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
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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.

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