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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Allie the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Release Party
Saturday, June 22
1:00 - 3:00 PM/ET
Bald Point State Park
In May of 2012 Allie was rescued from Alligator Harbor by clam farmers who found her floating sick and weak. The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab has been rehabilitating Allie and will be releasing her back into the Gulf. The lab is inviting the public to join them at Bald Point State Park to see Allie off.
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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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
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
Using ordinary paving tiles from Home Depot, the Hughes and Kimbro labs have created their most important tool in measuring the health of oyster reefs. At one site, lab technician Meagan Murdock discovers unexpected competition for young spat trying to get established on the reef. 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
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
We went out with two divers working on the Kimbro lab’s new Apalachicola Bay study and put a camera on one of them. The images of the oyster reefs at the bottom of the bay give an indication of the severity of the fishery crisis there. Continue reading
New research is being conducted on the depleted oyster reefs of Apalachicola Bay. Dr. David Kimbro and his team hope to get a thorough understanding of the problems there and develop a strategy for recovery. 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
We’ve seen it often over the last couple of years on In the Grass, On the Reef: the Hughes/ Kimbro lab crews can be inventive. Tanya Rogers presents products of “in the field ingenuity” to those looking for that holiday gift unlike anything you’d find at the mall. Continue reading