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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.
The 23rd Annual Tupelo Honey Festival
Sharks & Chablis
Sunday, May 19
2:00 - 7:00 PM/ET
Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab will holding its 4th annual winetasting fundraiser. Along with live music and a silent auction, the fundraiser will include exhibits, guided tours of the aquarium, and live sea creatures.
Learn more here.
- FSU Coastal & Marine Lab
- WFSU SciGirls Blog
- Saturday at the Sea
- Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
- St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve
- St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
- Matanzas Estuarine Research Reserve
- Choctowhatchee Basin Alliance
- The Randall Hughes Lab
- The David Kimbro Lab
- Northeastern Marine Science Center
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For the a researcher, there is a wall separating the classroom from the lab and fieldwork they do. This Summer, Dr. Randall Hughes broke the wall and had her students work on her lab’s projects. Dr. Hughes recaps their work on oyster reefs and seagrass beds, and examines the benefits of teaching on research. Continue reading
We welcome Dr. Randall Hughes and Dr. David Kimbro back to the United States! Randall shares a video of a seagrass bed Port Phillip Bay, Australia. Continue reading
Randall and David have traveled to Australia on visiting research appointments to study habitats like oyster reefs and seagrass beds that are at once familiar, yet quite a bit different and even a little dangerous. Continue reading
If you want an activity that will take a lot of your time, go out onto your lawn and try to figure out which blades of grass belong to what individual plant. The grass in a salt marsh, like your lawn, is made up of various individuals, each with different characteristics that contribute to the success of a marsh. Dr. Randall Hughes’ new experiment looks at what makes habitat building cordgrass individuals successful. Continue reading
A good (though chilly) day setting up a new experiment! It will take a few weeks to get it completely up and running, but it’s exciting to get it started- Randall Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to the … Continue reading
When Randall and David talk about their experiments on this blog, we don’t run a credits roll at the end to acknowledge everyone and everything that goes into getting that experiment up and running. In this post, Randall takes us step by step through planning an experiment, highlighting the people who help make her research possible. Continue reading
Randall and David continue unraveling the mysteries of how predators affect their prey through fear. In this experiment, they look at how many oysters get eaten by mud crabs when the mud crabs think their predators are lurking around and eating their neighbors. Continue reading
Emily and I found this flowering red mangrove in St. Joe Bay today. It’s clearly survived the last few harsh winters just fine! A sign of the future for Panhandle marshes? -Randall Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to … Continue reading
Fiddler crabs benefit salt marshes. Ribbed mussels benefit salt marshes. But together, is their effect even greater, or do they cancel each other out? Dr. Randall Hughes of the FSU Coastal & Marine Lab looks to find out. Continue reading
Dr. Randall Hughes has just concluded a biodiversity experiment in Saint Joseph Bay. She was looking at periwinkle effects on marsh cordgrass, and whether it was better or worse when the grass was found alongside needlerush. The answer could be important in marsh recovery and restoration efforts. Continue reading