Search In the Grass, On the Reef
In the Grass, On the Reef, In Your Inbox
If you do not receive a verification e-mail, check your spam folder.
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
Click an Icon!
The icons in the rounded boxes at the top of every post let you know where they fit within the "Master Plan" of this site. Click them to find out what they mean. For some more tips on getting the most out of your "In the Grass, On the Reef" experience, click here.
Sort by Habitat/ Category
Archives by Date
Tag Archives: St. Joseph Bay
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
On this week’s video, we go for a snorkel in St. Joe Bay and peer into seagrass beds. While looking at the many interesting creatures that call turtlegrass home, Dr. Randall Hughes and visiting researcher Dr. Peter Macreadie clue us into the many services provided by the habitat. Continue reading
Rebecca Wilkerson WFSU-TV Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Volunteer Opportunities August 20th-August 23rd Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 833-9927 For more information visit this Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance volunteer call. Treasure Hunt Scallop Drop August 17th-September 10th St. Joseph Bay, FL (850) 229-7800 16th … Continue reading
Gulf Shrimp, Paddling, Summer Reading and more on tis week’s Coastal Roundup. Continue reading
Recreational fishing seasons for scallops, spiny lobster, and scallops are in full swing in Florida. Also, celebrating bivalves, happenings at the FSU Coastal & Marine Lab, and the continuing legacy of the Deepwater Horizon spill on this week’s Coastal Roundup. 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
A trees rings have much to say to us about the history of our area, specifically when we’ve had rain, droughts, and fires. Learn how scientists gather information from longleaf pine stumps. Also, a video exploration of the SJB State Buffer Preserve. Continue reading
Photographing rare plants might be harder than photographing rare birds! Our latest EcoAdventure takes us to the SJB State Buffer Preserve in search of one of the rarest and flashiest- the Chapman’s rhododendron. 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