Dear Sponge – I Am Breaking Up With You

To help us understand the complexities of nature, we often use simple classifications to help wrap our minds various intricacies. Think about how we classify species interactions: predation, mutualisms, parasitisms, commensalisms, etc. Simple. But complications linger in the background. Former NCSU PhD student Stephanie Archer (along with current student Enie Hensel) demonstrated one such complexity in a recent study (full […]

By | 2018-03-18T11:20:09+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Categories: Featured, seagrass, sponge|0 Comments

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 | 2017-12-01T14:01:51+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: seagrass|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

In the News: ‘Marine Biologist Suggests Conservation Of Bahamas’ Seagrass Habitats’

Short article in the Tribune242 on the importance of seagrass ecosystem conservation. As we have shown why seagrass meadows are critical to protect for nursery habitats(see here), this short article discusses the dependency lobsters have on theses ecosystems. “Dr Nicholas Higgs, Deputy Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University, England, said that the ‘high productivity’ of local […]

By | 2016-12-11T13:08:22+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Categories: conservation, lobster, seagrass|Tags: , |1 Comment

New Reefs Are Born: ampil pipi poisson

As an extension of our on-going research in Haiti, we recently kicked off a new artificial reef project.  Working with local fishers, we have constructed two clusters of artificial reefs, one of which the locals will actively use for harvesting fishes and the other that they will collectively protect from fishing. Building on what we have learned from other projects, we have chosen to […]

By | 2016-07-24T17:05:53+00:00 June 18th, 2016|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Education, Featured, Fish, Haiti, Overfishing, seagrass|1 Comment

Lobsters just aren’t as friendly any more

An interesting characteristic of spiny lobsters is their gregarious nature. This dynamic is mediated through a chemical cue released in their urine which can be detected by the antennae of other lobsters. This cue is believed to have evolved as a means to quickly find shelter, thereby limiting predation risk. This new paper provides convincing evidence that this entire signaling […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:10+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Invertebrates, lobster, seagrass|0 Comments

Friends of the Environment Shark Course

Here are some photos of our recent course we did with Friends of the Environment focused on shark ecology and conservation. This two day course was inspired to help educate students on the importance of the recent shark ban that prohibits commercial shark fishing and promotes a catch and release recreational program nationwide here in The Bahamas. Further, the course went […]

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+00:00 July 19th, 2015|Categories: citizen science, Education, Featured, Invertebrates, Mangroves and Creeks, seagrass|0 Comments

A Tidbit About the Sharptail Eel

We spotted this eel on a recent trip to San Salvador! The Sharptail eel (Myrichthys breviceps) is often mistaken for a sea snake upon first glance. It is commonly found throughout the Caribbean in clear waters and seagrass beds (making The Bahamas prime habitat for this species!). They are documented to consume crabs and have also been documented to engage in […]

By | 2015-07-17T21:35:56+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Categories: Fish, seagrass|0 Comments