Never Home Alone

A really fascinating new book by my colleague Rob Dunn – an absolute must read. It details the incredible world of life that lives in your homes. Here is the Amazon link and review.

Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces […]

By | 2018-11-14T19:55:24-05:00 November 12th, 2018|Categories: citizen science, Featured, Invasive Species, Invertebrates|Comments Off on Never Home Alone


Came across this post on the 30th Anniversary of BirdsCaribbean. There are various links that may interest you here. They post periodically on Bahamas birds, including this recent post on the feared extinct Bahama Nuthatch.

By | 2018-10-11T11:44:31-05:00 October 11th, 2018|Categories: Birds, citizen science|Comments Off on BirdsCaribbean

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 […]

By | 2017-04-14T09:42:26-05:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: citizen science, Education, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Mangrove outreach in the classroom

Lessons from the International Coral Reef Symposium: “We Must Reduce Carbon Emissions”

Last week some 3000 coral reef scientists, including the world’s foremost leaders in all aspects of coral reef ecosystems, met in Honolulu to discuss the fate of coral reefs.  The goal of this convention, which is held every four years, was to focus on positive action towards improving reef ecosystems. Unfortunately, when studying coral reefs it is difficult to be optimistic. […]

By | 2016-07-03T17:14:45-05:00 July 3rd, 2016|Categories: citizen science, Climate Change, Coral, Global change, marine protected areas, Nutrients, Overfishing|Comments Off on Lessons from the International Coral Reef Symposium: “We Must Reduce Carbon Emissions”

The First National Inventory of All Household Life (on a swab)

The latest from Robb Dunn’s lab at NCSU – really incredible research.  Here is a snippet of what they found lives in your house….

“In other words, in the thousand houses people have sampled we have found evidence of more species than there are kinds of birds and mammal species on Earth, nearly ten times more. The challenge has […]

By | 2015-08-26T08:38:14-05:00 August 26th, 2015|Categories: citizen science|Comments Off on The First National Inventory of All Household Life (on a swab)

Bahamas Plastic Movement

Kristal Ambrose shared this Bahamas Plastic Movement press release with us.  Thanks Kristal!

Bahamas Plastic Movement (BPM) hosted a Plastic Pollution Education and Ocean Conservation camp at the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center (EACC) in Tarpum Bay. Twenty-three youth, ages 7-14, from across South Eleuthera came together to learn about plastic pollution and spark youth action and activism around the […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:11-05:00 July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, citizen science, development, pollution|Comments Off on Bahamas Plastic Movement

2015 BREEF Teacher Training Workshop on San Salvador

We spent last week on San Salvador working with a group of 30 teachers from across The Bahamas at the Annual Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) Teacher Training Workshop! It was an extremely rewarding and fun experience for all involved. Thanks to BREEF for having us be a part of the workshop and to NSF  funding […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 July 19th, 2015|Categories: citizen science, Education, Featured, Invertebrates, Mangroves and Creeks, seagrass|Comments Off on 2015 BREEF Teacher Training Workshop on San Salvador

Abaco Mangrove Survey Update

So far we have had 65 submissions! Samples have been collected from mangroves in North, Central, and South Abaco but we still need more samples to fill in the gaps.

The graph below shows the distribution of diseased Red Mangroves across Abaco. As you can see, the disease with the characteristic lesions we’ve had you keep an eye out for are fairly […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 July 9th, 2015|Categories: citizen science, Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|Comments Off on Abaco Mangrove Survey Update

Sargassum and nesting turtles

A quick update from new NCSU graduate student Andrew Maurer on the sargassum mats in the Eastern Caribbean.  Thanks Andrew.

“Huge influxes of sargassum seaweed on coasts and nearshore waters throughout the Caribbean are drawing more and more attention from all sectors, especially conservation organizations. There are benefits to beaches such as stabilization and vast nutrient provision. Oceanic sargassum is also […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, citizen science, Endangered species, herpetology, migration, tourism, Turtles|Comments Off on Sargassum and nesting turtles

Other Characteristics to Look for on Mangrove Leaves

Although the large brown/black lesions we’ve posted about before are signs of disease, there are other symptoms you can look for on leaves as you complete surveys.

Keep in mind that the lesions we describe may not always be large. Many of the leaves we have found have had fairly small lesions.

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:13-05:00 June 13th, 2015|Categories: citizen science, Mangroves and Creeks|8 Comments