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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
  • red mangroves

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 […]

  • Mangrove disease discussion
  • Assisting mangrove isolations
  • Labeled petri plates
  • Students with isolations

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 […]

  • Bonefish School

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

Summary of on-going mangrove die-off research

Here is a video update on the on-going mangrove die-off research. See video here.

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
  • Seagrass

Sea Bees Pollinate Turtle Grass

A recent study documented the role of “sea bees” (tiny crustaceans and polychaetes commonly found in seagrass beds)  in the pollination of Turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum).  Before this study,  it was thought that Turtle grass was only pollinated by water-flow! See the article abstract below for more information and video of sea bees here!

“Pollen transport by water-flow (hydrophily) […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Categories: seagrass|Tags: , , , |1 Comment
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Corals influence the microbial community around them

A recent study found that corals influence the microbial community surrounding them by both consuming them and facilitating microbial growth. See popular news articles here and here and a brief summary below.

The researchers used a lab experiment to test how the presence and absence of corals affected microbial communities present in seawater. When corals were placed […]

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: Coral, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

New paper: Predatory fish visits to patch reefs in Eleuthera

New paper on large piscivore fish visits to coral patch reefs from Cape Eleuthera here. See summary below.

“Video cameras recorded the diurnal visitation rates of transient (large home range) piscivorous fishes to coral patch reefs in The Bahamas and identified 11 species. Visits by bar jack Caranx ruber, mutton snapper Lutjanus analis, yellowtail snapper Ocyurus chrysurus, barracuda Sphyraena barracuda […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Fish|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
  • Bonefish School

Expansion of Bonefish Tagging Program

Recently, the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT) expanded their bonefish tagging and genetic sampling program to North Andros (more info here and here). Thus far, 11,895 bonefish have been tagged through this program. Using recapture and genetic data, BTT and their collaborators (e.g., BNT, local guides and lodges) hope to inform bonefish conservation strategies for […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Categories: bonefish|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment