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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.
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance oyster volunteers needed
Friday, June 14 and June 21
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM/CT
South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College
Santa Rosa, FL
The CBA is building bagged shell reefs along Choctawhatchee Bay to fight erosion and promote the growth of an ecosystem that, as we see over and over on this blog, provides many benefits to us. Contact Rachel Gwin at email@example.com for more information.
We just recently did a video on the CBA's oyster recycling program. Watch here to see how local restaurants and volunteers help build healthy coasts along Choctawhatchee Bay.
- 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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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
2012 was a year full of ups and downs. We got funding, went on amazing adventures in places wet and dry (mostly wet), and saw a crisis hit one of our favorite coastal places. In the Grass, On the Reef looks back. 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
Althea Moore is Dr. Randall Hughes’ graduate student. In today’s Notes From the Field, she describes her newest study and how she’s funding it: the increasingly popular and effective method of crowdfunding. Continue reading
In this week’s video, Saint Augustine Beach realtor Pat Hamilton talks about the real estate value of protecting wild land. Dr. Randall Hughes writes how living near these natural coastal habitats can be beneficial for both health and enjoyment. Continue reading
Yesterday was the first cold snap of the season, and Randall and crew have already noticed a change in some of the marsh animals’ behavior as they dig through mud for a new experiment. Continue reading
Every acre of salt marsh provides thousands of dollars of services to humankind. On this week’s video, Dr. Randall Hughes explores the surprising value of the marsh, a dynamic habitat that despite its external appearance, teems with fascinating creatures. Continue reading
We spend a lot of time showing you shots of scientists working and animals in their habitats, and not enough showing you what it’s like to actually walk in a salt marsh or oyster reef. On this week’s video, the WFSU/ Mag Lab SciGirls walk into the mud and learn what field work is all about. Also, new “In the Grass, On the Reef” associate producer Rebecca Wilkerson recounts her first visit to an oyster reef. Continue reading
Dr. Randall Hughes looks back at her first exposure to research and coastal ecosystems as the SciGirls visit her lab. On this week’s video, the SciGirls learn that if there is anything harder than making good science, it’s talking about it. Continue reading