FSUCML's Dr. Sophie McCoy and Ph.D. Candidate Ethan Cissell reveal that bacterial mats are more complex than scientists previously knew, opening the door for many questions about how to best protect reef ecosystems in the future.
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The Scientist spoke with Jeroen Ingels, a marine ecologist at Florida State University and the lead author of the new study, about the most pressing takeaways from the team’s findings.
"FSU Assistant Professor of Biological Science Sophie McCoy and her team are proposing formal definitions for algae species and subcategories for the research community to consider: They are recommending algae be classified first by DNA and then by other traits."
"His appointment comes at a critical time for the marine research facility located in Franklin County, where FSU is intensely focused on its Apalachicola Bay system Initiative. The research project looks at the decline of the bay’s ecosystem and oyster reef to restore its health and manage it for the future."
Trexler will succeed laboratory faculty member Felicia Coleman, who returned her focus to research after serving as the facility’s director for 14 years.
FSUCML's Dr. Jeroen Ingels recently recorded an episode for the podcast, Laboratory News with Phil Prime, on his research of meiofauna, nematodes, and loggerheads.
In recent decades, the decline of living hard coral on reefs around the world has raised concerns among marine experts. For years, the presumption was that decline signaled that an entire reef’s future was threatened. A study by Florida State University researchers shows that might not always be the case. While a complement of healthy coral is still preferred, dead or dying coral might not be fatal for an entire reef.
National Geographic covers FSUCML's Dr. Jeroen Ingels and his research on meiofauna epibiont work revolving around sea turtles.
There is a world of life on the backs of loggerhead sea turtles, and it’s more abundant and diverse than scientists knew. An international team led by Florida State University researchers found that more than double the number of organisms than previously observed live on the shells of these oceanic reptiles, raising important questions about loggerhead sea turtle ecology and conservation.