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
FSUCML in the News
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.
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.