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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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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
This May, Randall took a break from field work to teach what looked like a very fun class. Over three weeks they went oyster tonging, met a troublesome bear, and got to know some seven day old woodpeckers. Continue reading
Do oysters have more value sitting on their reefs than on the half shell? When we lose salt marsh habitat, are we indirectly losing money? Dr. Randall Hughes presents her analysis on a few papers that seek to put a dollar sign on our coastal habitats. Continue reading
Writing grants, collecting field data, looking at samples in the lab- activities such as these occupy the majority of a researcher’s time. But sharing why the subject of the research is cool and interesting with the public is an important … Continue reading
Every post from here on out will adhere to our “master plan.” Well, it was always part of the master plan, but now we’re showing you how. The many functions of and interactions within coastal habitats- as well as our human usage and appreciation- are all tied together as illustrated in this post. Continue reading