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

Meet Sofia, student from NCSSM

We have been fortunate enough to work with students from the North Carolina School of Science and Math for the past two years. Our current student, Sofia, has been keeping track of her experiences in the lab- she has been helping process samples for our mangrove experiments and samples for work based here in NC streams. If you’re interested in […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:50-05:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Undergraduate Research|Tags: , |Comments Off on Meet Sofia, student from NCSSM

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 | 2018-11-14T20:24:28-05:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: Conch, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New Study: Queen Conch Populations are Fragmented

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 | 2017-09-14T09:42:02-05:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: Education, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A recap of findings from mangrove disease research in Jamaica

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 | 2017-08-22T12:51:29-05:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Fish|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pupfish on San Salvador Island in the News

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 | 2017-08-16T10:35:23-05:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BMMRO & Beaked Whales in the News

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.

By | 2017-08-08T13:13:23-05:00 August 8th, 2017|Categories: Conch, conservation, marine protected areas|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Bahamas Conch in the News

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 | 2017-06-01T16:51:41-05:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Conch|Tags: , , |Comments Off on What makes conch shells so tough?