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Explore Our Coasts
Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes work to unlock the secrets of the intertidal ecosystems that make up our coasts. In a series of short videos, they explore the inner workings of salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass beds as well as the ways in which we enjoy what they offer us. Join us as we kayak, snorkel, and wade the wet and wild of the Forgotten Coast.
In the Grass, On the Reef is funded by the National Science Foundation.
One time "In the Grass..." contributor and Apalachicola author Dawn Evans Radford has posted the short story "Oyster Hound," about a dog with a "gormay nose for fat juicy oysters..."
Read the story on Apalachicolabay.com.
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Since starting Apalachicola Bay oyster research, the Kimbro crew keeps finding their gear trashed. They now have evidence as to the identity of a culprit. Continue reading
As the Summer months approach, oyster drill numbers in Apalachicola Bay appear to be on the rise. Here is how you can help monitor their numbers. Continue reading
Oystermen and researchers are battling to revive the legendary Apalachicola Oyster. Oystermen know the bay; David Kimbro has researched oysters for years. Continue reading
Dr. David Kimbro is starting to see a pattern across Florida oyster reefs affected by loss of freshwater input. Is the prevalence of oyster eating snails the cause or merely a symptom of oyster reef decline? Continue reading
Predators benefit an ecosystem by eating the animals that eat habitat building plants, or habitat building animals like oysters. Dr. David Kimbro looks at another way predators benefit oysters- through fear. Continue reading
In our new video, Dr. David Kimbro breaks down the complicated relationship between oysters and nutrients. All living things need nitrogen, but too much of a good thing can have devastating effects. Oyster can help. Continue reading
Apalachicola Bay is in trouble, and people need answers now. Dr. David Kimbro discusses the difference between science for the sake of gaining understanding, and applied science: where researchers try to solve specific problems. Continue reading
Bay Mouth Bar is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world. Dr. David KImbro guides us through a menagerie of strange looking marine invertebrates, and describes the place’s importance to the field of ecology. Continue reading
Oysters on the half shell are delicious, but oysters do a lot of good sitting on the reef as well. In this week’s video and in his post, FSU Coastal & Marine Lab’s Dr. David Kimbro explores the many ways in which the bivalves benefit us. Continue reading
When David Kimbro looks through his trick-or-treat bag, he doesn’t see candy, he sees oyster shells and periwinkle snails. Can predators trick periwinkles into not destroying marsh cordgrass? Or will they serve as tasty treats for blue crabs? David shares his data. Continue reading