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.
FSUCML in the News
Bowhunting poses a threat to cownose ray populations. Dr. Dean Grubbs (FSUCML faculty) comments on the market for cownose rays and the threats they face.
The Apalachicola Times recaps the exciting Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta, detailing the many creative vessels that raced, including the FSUCML demonstration vessel. Read details from this fun day.
Dr. Dean Grubbs, FSUCML faculty, discusses his career as a marine biologist on the podcast, “Best Part of My Job” hosted by Lars Schmidt. Learn more about Dr. Grubbs’ early research and his methods for handling and sampling various shark species.
Dr. Dean Grubbs' project was one of ten projects selected for funding by the Florida Institute of Oceanography RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Program. Dr. Grubbs will receive $293,960 over two years to examine the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on large deep-sea fishes.
Dr. Heidi Geisz discusses the Edge of the Sea workshop, originally created by Dr. William F. Herrnkind. Learn more about the dynamics between the intertidal creatures that you could find during the workshop, such as the fiddler crab, Florida horse conch, and the hermit crab.
This video by National Geographic features Dr. Dean Grubbs’ work tagging sharks to learn more about their movements and population numbers along the gulf coast.
Environmental management practices, very important for many fish species, including gag grouper, often don’t extend past political boundaries. Dr. Nathaniel K. Jue, assistant professor in the Department of Science & Environmental Policy at California State University at Monterey Bay and a former FSUCML graduate student, and Dr. Felicia Coleman, FSUCML Director, Dr. Chris Koenig, FSUCML Faculty, and Dr. Thierry Brule, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute in Merida, Mexico examined the genetic patterns of gag grouper and determined that populations in the Gulf of Mexico, both off the coast of Florida and near the Campeche Bank off Mexico, rely on each other for further reproduction. Their research, published in the journal PLOS One, has public policy implications, highlighting that biological systems transcend political boundaries and current management practices need to be developed in coordination with other countries in order to protect grouper and other species living in the Gulf.
Dr. Dean Grubbs and several FSUCML graduate students were featured on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. The crew was investigating the effects of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill on species living at the depth of the spill, about 5000 feet deep. In the five years since Deep Water Horizon, Dr. Grubbs and his lab have completed the largest survey ever done of deep water sharks.
Baltimore's public radio station interviews Dr. Grubbs about his and Dr. Cotton's latest publication, examining the truth about cownose rays' effects on scallop and oyster populations in Chesapeake Bay. Their study challenges a previous study purporting that overfishing of large sharks caused a sudden increase in the number of cownose rays.