Listen to this podcast for the latest publicity on Dr. Dean Grubbs' and Dr. Chip Cotton's paper disputing claims that the population of cownsoe rays in the Chesapeake bay had exploded. "It's biologically impossible for cownose ray populations to explode," says Dr. Grubbs. Cownose rays only have one pup every year, making it difficult for their population to "explode" as the 2007 study had claimed. Because of the slow rate of reproduction, the efforts to fish for these rays could be especially harmful.
FSUCML in the News
Additonal coverage of Dr. Dean Grubbs' and Dr. Chip Cotton's latest publication challenging connections between shark declines and collapse of oyster populations. This article includes his thoughts on the original 2007 study and what red flags that caught his attention.
More coverage on Dr. Dean Grubbs' and Dr. Chip Cotton's research on trophic cascades involving sharks, cownose rays, and bivalves. This article in Science highlights how unregulated pressure of rays could have detrimental effects on their populations.
Dr. Sophie McCoy (FSU Dept. of Bio Sci, and FSUCML) studies the effects of ocean acidification on coastal marine communities. In her studies of crustose coralline algae (CCA) -- species that are crucial to marine systems and important food sources for marine herbivores like sea urchins and mollusks – she finds that ocean acidification essentially replaces herbivory as the dominant force guiding competitive interactions among different CCA species, promoting greater species diversity among them.
Dr. Sandra Brooke (FSUCML faculty) and team received the National Oceanographic Partnership Program's (NOPP) 2015 Excellence in Partnering Award for their work on the Atlantic Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss project. Throughout the course of this project, Dr. Brooke and team logged 90 at-sea days, conducted 414 hours of Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) dives, identified over 125 species of fish, and discovered large swaths of chemosynthetic mussel communities. Congratulations, Dr. Brooke for this fantastic accomplishment!
Dr. Dean Grubbs' and Dr. Chip Cotton’s (FSUCML faculty members) latest research challenges a 2007 study claiming that shark declines led to rising populations of cownose rays, which were responsible for the collapse of oyster and shellfish industries along the Atlantic coast.
The Brillion News (Brillion, Wisconsin) profiled FSUCML graduate student and former Brillion native, Chris Malinowski. The article showcases Chris's research on mercury levels in Goliath Grouper, in which he demonstrates that those levels exceed those safe for human consumption.
Dr. Chip Cotton and Dr. Dean Grubbs co-author a piece in Save Our Seas Magazine, which highlights the sharks that make up 53% of all living shark species - the ones that spend their entire lives more than 200 meters beneath the surface of the sea.
FSUCML graduate student Chris Malinowski’s research on mercury in fish was highlighted in his hometown of Brillion, Wisconsin. Learn more about Chris' findings.
Dr. Dean Grubbs (FSUCML faculty) recently attended a meeting at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss the current state of the cownose ray population. This news clip shows Dr. Grubbs describing some of the issues this species faces.