Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Task Force held its second meeting earlier this month. FSUCML Director Dr. Felicia Coleman, who is on the task force advisory committee, was interviewed in an effort to frame the issues faced by the Gulf of Mexico fisheries. Learn more about Dr. Coleman's passion for marine science and her interest in fisheries management.
FSUCML in the News
Dr. Taketeru Tomita, FSUCML Post-doctoral Research Associate, helps identify the first fossilized megamouth shark tooth found in Asia. Learn more about the megamouth shark and how Dr. Tomita identified the fossil.
Dive into the cold, mysterious world of sharks and learn more about the bluntnose six-gill shark and Dr. Grubbs' research on oil toxicity in sharks and other marine species. See FSUCML graduate student, Jo Imhoff, measuring a six-gill shark.
Internet connections in the South East Asian nation have been affected by problems with the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system for the fourth time in a year, according to local news outlets. The cause of the outages? Sharks, if you believe some online reports. Howver, "Most deep-sea sharks have relatively weakly calcified jaws so their bite force is quite low", says Dr. Dean Grubbs, FSUCML.
FSUCML's Dr. Dean Grubbs and other scientists voice concern about bow fishers in Chesapeake Bay who target pregnant cownose rays in fishing contests that could threaten cownose persistence.
"We're seeing signs that the [sawfish] population may be recovering..." says Dr. Dean Grubbs, FSUCML, an expert on sawfish, comments on the state of affairs for one of the world's most endangered fishes.
More than 660 graduate students are members of GoMRI-funded research teams working to understand impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and improve future response. Eric Chassignet, director of the Deep-C consortium led by Florida State University, said that one of the most exciting aspects of receiving GoMRI support has been the opportunity to mentor students and involve them in cutting-edge Gulf research. He added, “They are going to be the next generation of scientists, the movers and shakers ten years from now.” With that in mind, Deep-C decided to give students their own “prime time” conference experience.
After all, field stations play critical –indeed, vital -- roles in advancing physical, natural, and social science endeavors, particularly in addressing global change -- change that poses considerable threat to ecosystems, economies, and human well being. Even so, for field stations to thrive in the 21st century and beyond, they must individually develop viable business plans that highlight their greatest strengths, and collectively develop metrics that measure their performance and impact. This represents a fundamental change in perspective.
Reports show that shark populations are on the rise, so you can expect to hear a lot about big, bad sharks — but are they really all that bad?