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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.
UPDATE- Lake Lafayette Algae Bloom is Toxic
WFSU-FM's Lynn Hatter has learned from DEP biologist David Whiting that the Piney Z. Lake algal bloom she reported yesterday is in fact toxic.
“Currently the Department of Health uses that 10 part-per-billion threshold as a level where they don’t recommend any kind of recreation or letting pets recreate in that water," he said. That includes fishing, which is a popular activity at the lake.
The bloom appears to be contained to Piney Z. Lake. Other segments of Lake Lafayette, which drain to the Floridan Aquifer and the St. Marks River, look to be unaffected.
Listen to Lynn's updated story here.
We experienced what Lake Lafayette has to offer on a recent EcoAdventure. Watch that video here.
Earlier this year, Dr. David Kimbro broke down the natural nutrient cycle, and how man made synthetic fertilizers accelerate the growth of algae in waterways, often with deadly consequences to marine life. Learn more here.
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Can some disturbances be beneficial? So is Seagrass wrack in the salt marsh a destroyer, or provider of nutrients and habitat? Continue reading
Could marshes in St. Joseph Bay be changing? Dr. Randall Hughes investigates the increasing black mangrove population of the SJB salt marsh. Continue reading
Fiddler crabs are cute, but they have purpose, too. Dr. Randall Hughes looks at combinations of plant and animal species that make for a healthy salt marsh. Continue reading
It’s hard to see, but marsh cordgrass plants have their own personalities. Genetic diversity may benefit the salt marsh and the critters that rely on it. Continue reading
Marshes are as productive a habitat as oyster reefs, and just as vulnerable to drought. Randall Hughes looks at what makes a salt marsh resistant to loss. Continue reading
Randall Hughes and David Kimbro study what makes mud crabs too scared to eat oysters. A partnership with WFSU-TV set this research on a surprising new path. Continue reading
The crown conch is the Jekyll and Hyde of coastal ecosystems. Dr. Randall Hughes clarifies why the predatory snail might be a friend or foe to the salt marsh. Continue reading
As the David Kimbro lab deploys a spat (young oyster) tile experiment in Apalachicola Bay to monitor the health of its beleaguered reefs, Dr. Randall Hughes explains how these experiments have become a key tool in her and David’s oyster research. Continue reading
Oysters make choices. Oysters can be scared. Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes explain why an oyster’s fear can affect a reef. Continue reading
Performing her research on-camera was a big transition for Dr. Randall Hughes. Her journey to become a better communicator has led to an upcoming workshop where scientist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson will bring out the storyteller in science graduate/ undergraduate students. Continue reading