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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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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
This is the first of our NSF funded videos following research along our coasts. Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes study intertidal habitats full of fascinating creatures that help drive the economy of our coasts and beyond. Continue reading
Tanya Rogers has two loves: biology and science. This makes sense, as wildlife is inherently beautiful. As she explains, a drawn image can be more than pleasing imagery, it can be illuminating as well. Continue reading
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
Have you ever found oyster shells in the dirt of your backyard? If you have and you live in Tallahassee’s Myers Park neighborhood, then you might be looking at the remains of a powerful native village that rose to prominence over 500 years ago. Continue reading
We shift our focus from predators to parasites: FSU Coastal & Marine Lab’s Tanya Rogers discovers pea crabs inside of a large scale experiment’s oysters. In what conditions and in what geography do these kleptoparasites most afflict our beloved bivalves? Continue reading
For almost two years, the Kimbro and Hughes labs at the FSUCML have been sampling north Florida oyster reefs to see what animals are making use of the habitat. Now, using bioacoustical recordings made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, we can take a listen as well. Continue reading
One of David and Randall’s oyster collaborators, Dr. Jeb Byers, was recently featured in a lengthy segment on Georgia Public television’s Georgia Outdoors. The episode is about crabs in general, but at 8:28 in they take a look at the … 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