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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.
One time "In the Grass..." contributor and Apalachicola author Dawn Evans Radford has posted the short story "Oyster Hound," about a dog with a "gormay nose for fat juicy oysters..."
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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
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
What’s not to love about oysters? They clean the water, they’re delicious, and they have surprising economic value. Some members of the Kimbro lab found an oyster that seems to love them back. Continue reading
Watch oysters grow! Tanya Rogers of the FSUCML has compiled time lapse imagery which shows baby oysters grow and form a shell over the course of a year. 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
Hanna Garland spent her summer on oyster reefs north of the Matanzas Inlet, looking for the cause to an extremely localized crown conch infestation that is decimating the oyster population. Now she’s back in Tallahassee, getting used to desk work and pouring over the data she collected. Continue reading
If you missed it on dimensions, here is our video on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. If you have an eco-adventure you’d like to share or have covered, leave a comment on our Ecotourism North Florida page. For more … Continue reading
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