Certain brightly colored coral species dotting the seafloor may appear indistinguishable to many divers and snorkelers, but Florida State University researchers have found that these genetically diverse marine invertebrates vary in their response to ocean warming, a finding that has implications for the long-term health of coral reefs.
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Sophie McCoy, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Science, will receive $300,000 over three years to support her research and graduate students through the newly established Tatelbaum Ocean Research Fund. The McCoy Lab conducts a variety of marine research projects ranging from climate change to pollution.
Peter Klimley, a well-known shark biologist and author of "The Biology of Sharks and Rays" (2013), publishes a glowing review of Dean Grubbs and Daniel Abel's new book, "Shark Biology and Conservation" in the journal, Environmental Biology of Fishes.
Dr. Ingels has spearheaded a new article in Nature Ecology and Evolution on the importance of including meiofauna and microbiota in deep-sea monitoring for effective conservation. "Undervaluing the contribution of microscopic organisms to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and their efficacy in early detection of change, would hamper effective management of deep-sea ecosystems." - Jeroen Ingels
The Department of Biological Science at FSU has awarded the Jack Winn Gramling Award in Marine Biology to 4th year students Josh Manning and Ethan Cissell this year to support their work.
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.
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.