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 | 2017-09-20T15:09:53+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: Conch, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Thoughts on recent animal introductions to Abaco

A recent issue of the journal, International Reptile Conservation Federation (IRCF), contains two short articles featuring recent observations of two new species introductions to Abaco. Below, I relay these findings and offer a few thoughts on what these recent observations suggest for the future of Abaco’s fauna. […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:50+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: herpetology, Invasive Species, Lizards, Turtles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Fish pee on coral reefs in the Caribbean makes Canadian Broadcasting Company

An interview I did a few months ago for Quarks and Quirks on CBC radio recently aired.  Yes, of course, it is more about fish pee, but I thought I would post it all the same.  It is pretty funny. Scroll down a bit for the actual interview.

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 | 2016-11-15T16:04:11+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Coral, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World’s largest marine reserve established in Antarctica

Big news: within the past few weeks world leaders from 24 nations and the European Union have established the largest marine reserve ever (1,550,00o square km).  This reserve will be divided between no-take and scientific research zones where fishing will be permitted for scientific purposes.  Many are in favor of large no-take reserves, but others have differing opinions.  Ray Hilborne, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:52+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Animal Pee in the Sea

Yes. That again. I gave a department seminar yesterday that compiles all we have been doing over the last couple of years, so thought I would throw it up (Link here). Might be hard to follow without my corny verbal commentary, but at least some good pictures and figures. Thanks to all of you who have helped make this […]

By | 2016-09-23T14:28:24+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Epoxying endangered species: satellite transmitters deployed

A couple of weeks ago we deployed 3 Platform Terminal Transmitters (PTTs) onto 3 hawksbill sea turtle females after they nested (we discussed planning for this in a previous post). The process could not have been fun for the 3 turtles, but we tried to minimize our impacts while setting us up to get some invaluable information.

First, we did standard measurements […]

By | 2016-09-06T13:21:40+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments