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 […]
It appears that declines of coral reefs have been going on longer than we thought. Recent research using old navigation maps from the late 1700s showed that coral reefs in the Florida Keys were much more extensive than previously believed, with the new estimates suggesting a ~50% reduction of total coral reef area (being converted to seagrass beds) since […]
A few months ago we posted about working with KSLF to bring our mangrove disease research to Jamaica (see here). Students from William Knibb High School participated in our mangrove disease activities (see here) and were able to isolate fungi from some diseased leaves they found. While we did find that one culture from Jamaica was the […]
A recent study showed that the smog from massive cargo ships that criss-cross the oceans actually stimulates more lightening (up to twice as much). Another really interesting and really odd way we are altering really major processes on our planet. Short write-up about it can be found here.
Did you know pupfish live in salty lakes on San Salvador Island? Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill have been studying them for years and recently made headway in understanding how the pupfish have diversified their feeding habits from eating algae to eating snails and fish scales. Check out a popular news article here that gives a nice […]
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. […]