Former FSU undergraduate and marine certificate student Mariah Pfleger recently published a paper on a newly discovered shark species. The discovery and research on the new species, named Squalus clarkae, also known as Genie's Dogfish, was identified from the Gulf of Mexico and western FSUCML’s Atlantic Ocean. This research work was the basis for Mariah's Master’s thesis at the University of West Florida. FSUCML co-authors include Dr. Dean Grubbs and Dr. Chip Cotton.
FSUCML in the News
Did you know that FSUCML's Dr. Dean Grubbs has been in multiple TV documentaries and Shark Week episodes highlighting his extensive research on elasmobranchs?! Click the link to see Dr. Grubbs' official IMDb account.
Dr. Dean Grubbs, a world-renowned shark scientist, grew up thinking he could follow any number of career paths—as long as they didn’t demand regular haircuts. But he kept coming back to the fascination he felt catching a small shark when he was only 7 years old.
Research into the smalltooth sawfish in Florida and The Bahamas is gradually revealing important information about this mysterious species. Perhaps the biggest question of all is whether marine national parks can provide sanctuaries in which its population can recover.
Save Our Seas recently wrote a profile on Dr. Dean Grubbs and his research in on sawfish populations in Andros Island, Bahamas. Read more to learn about Dr. Grubbs' decades long research on sawfish and other elasmobranch species.
FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory scientist Jeroen Ingels and a team of researchers found that communities of microscopic organisms called meiofauna don’t change much when faced with both rising carbon dioxide levels and higher temperatures. That’s in contrast to larger organisms, which have previously shown to be largely affected by changes in environment.
New research by a Florida State University scientist has examined how oil and other hydrocarbons in Antarctica affect miniature organisms called meiofauna that slip through the sediment widely unnoticed to the casual observer.