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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.
Wednesday, May 22
7:30 PM, 6:30 CT
We look at a different kind of effort to restore oyster habitat. The Choctawatchee Basin Alliance, along with volunteers, are working to rebuild and restore oyster reefs using recycled and bagged shell. "In the Grass, On the Reef" tagged along for a day of collecting shell, monitoring, and building reefs.
Find more information on the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and volunteering opportunities here.
Ice Cream Social & Summer Celebration
Sunday, June 2
Jubilee Cottage at Goodwood Museum
1600 Miccosukee Road,
Apalachicola Riverkeeper will be holding an Ice Cream Social fundraiser in support of the Apalachicola River and Bay. The day will include a RiverTrek presentation by Doug Alderson and WFSU-TV's Rob Diaz de Villegas, live music, and raffles. FSU Coastal & Marine Lab's Hanna Garland will also be giving a hands-on demonstration of the ecology of Apalachicola Bay.
Find more information 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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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
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
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
The Apalachicola River Basin is known as one of the most biodiverse places in the United States. But what does biodiversity mean? As it turns out, there is more than one answer. Continue reading
In the winter, both the tourists and most of the animals have made themselves scare in the intertidal region of St. Joseph Bay. It’s an entirely different landscape than summer vacationers are used to, and one that can be a challenge if you’re kayaking. Dr. Randall Hughes (FSUCML) and Dan and Debbie VanVleet (Happy Ours) guide us through winter in the bay. Continue reading
If you want an activity that will take a lot of your time, go out onto your lawn and try to figure out which blades of grass belong to what individual plant. The grass in a salt marsh, like your lawn, is made up of various individuals, each with different characteristics that contribute to the success of a marsh. Dr. Randall Hughes’ new experiment looks at what makes habitat building cordgrass individuals successful. Continue reading
When David Kimbro looks through his trick-or-treat bag, he doesn’t see candy, he sees oyster shells and periwinkle snails. Can predators trick periwinkles into not destroying marsh cordgrass? Or will they serve as tasty treats for blue crabs? David shares his data. Continue reading