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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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FSU Coastal & Marine Lab technician Tanya Rogers describes the building of what she calls “ecological art.” She is referring to the Kimbro lab’s summer experiment, for which several artificial oyster reefs with different combinations of animals was built near St. Augustine, FL. Continue reading
Imagine you have to set up an experiment from which you have to be able to obtain consistent results that form a definable pattern. Now imagine that you have to set this experiment up in the great muddy, salty outdoors. Dr. David Kimbro walks you through a large scale experiment that had him battling stone crabs and Mother Nature. Continue reading
David and his crew are putting together a big experiment as the In the Grass, On the Reef documentary comes together. 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
In the Grass, On the Reef June 29, 2011 at 7:30 PM/ ET WFSU-TV Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV A little over a year ago, when the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory and WFSU-TV – a TV station – started … Continue reading
Hanna Garland FSU Coastal & Marine Lab One of the most fascinating aspects of the field of science is the unpredictable patterns and directions that certain communities can take over a period of time. Whether the change in a habitat … Continue reading
Dr. David Kimbro’s St. Augustine research site oyster reefs were once commercially viable but have been failing, and there is an overabundance of a particular oyster predator- the crown conch. David and his lab look into the causes for this sharp decline. Read more this week on In the Grass, On the Reef. Continue reading
Dr. David Kimbro FSU Coastal & Marine Lab Hey folks, Where did my winter of catching up on work go? And why is spring quickly hurtling into summer? YIKES! …Okay, I feel better. All of us here feel a little … Continue reading
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV It kind of looks like one of those vintage ’80′s jackets adorned with mirrors and sequins- mollusk style. This horse conch’s got a little bit of everything on it, the result of an interesting reversal … Continue reading