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Limitations to reef recovery

This week an intriguing study came out in Science demonstrating with very conclusive findings that both coral and fish juveniles prefer to be in water that is more typical of a healthy as opposed to a degraded reef (pdf here).

Coral reefs that are degraded have a substantially greater proportion of weedy algae on them than coral themselves.  These algae are […]

By | 2014-09-02T09:14:00+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Categories: Climate Change, Coral, Current Events, Global change, marine protected areas|1 Comment

Bahamian Racer Spotted in Red Mangroves

Bahamian Racers are found throughout the Bahamas, however, the recent invasion of Corn snakes in The Bahamas could negatively impact this native snake species in terms of competition for resources (e.g, food).  Bahamian Racers hunt for frogs and lizards as do young Corn snakes, a potential pathway of competition between these species. The invasion of Corn snakes […]

By | 2014-08-06T11:07:05+00:00 August 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

FRIENDS Patch Reef Course: A Success

What a blast the last two days have been with these amazing kids as we learned about patch reef fish communities together. Thank you to each student, my assistant Hannah, and FRIENDS for such a successful course.

On our first day, we learned about the ecological role of coastal ecosystems and specifically the importance of patch reefs as refugia for many […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:31+00:00 July 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Groupers in Town!

Coming in at about 10 cm, three of our artificial reefs in Eastern Shores have some new tenants! In this photo, you can see two very young Nassau groupers as well as a new species for my reefs, a Red Hind grouper (hidden between the blocks). Nassau grouper are known to shift from macroalgae habitats (e.g., Laurencia) to patch reef […]

By | 2014-08-06T11:11:23+00:00 July 25th, 2014|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Uncategorized|0 Comments

No-Take Zones in Belize boost populations of conch, lobsters and fish

A report authored by Craig Dahlgren and commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reviews the benefits of no-take marine reserves (LINK to .pdf). This comprehensive report titled: Belize’s Lobster, Conch, and Fish Populations Rebuild in No-Take Zones, focuses on Belizian reefs, but I imagine these data are very useful for the Bahamas as well. The report is long, ~90 pages, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:31+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Conch, lobster, marine protected areas, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Quick Update on The Marls Mangrove Die-Off

Below are several photos depicting what we’ve found on our recent sampling trips to The Marls. The first two show an insect that we’ve seen several times now. We are still working on identifying it but for now we know it is similar to a scaly cricket. Whether or not this insect is responsible for the grazing that we’ve noted […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:32+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Plants, The Marls|0 Comments