Dr. Dean Grubbs and doctoral student Bianca Prohaska were highlighted in IUCN's (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Sawfish Network Newsletter for their research on sawfish in the U.S. and in the Bahamas.
FSUCML in the News
Research conducted at FSUCML can heavily impact conservation and management decisions. In order to expand research opportunities, FSUCML has a plan to expand and develop new research facilities for faculty and visiting scientists.
Brendan Talwar, former graduate student in the Grubbs Laboratory, and Dr. Dean Grubbs, FSUCML faculty, share the first published manuscript from their work focused on the post-release mortality of deep-sea bycatch species.
Florida Sportsman Magazine highlights programs at Florida universities, including the reef fish and habitat research of FSUCML director, Dr. Felicia Coleman, and FSUCML faculty, Dr. Chirs Koenig, and how the two have used their research findings to influence the policy arena.
This WCTV video segment highlights Dr. Dean Grubbs' and Dr. Chip Cotton's research showing that cownose ray populations were not in fact exploding as a previous study suggested. In this segment, Dr. Grubbs discusses how they came to this conclusion.
Dr. Dean Grubbs discusses the mating rituals of sharks in new book, "Sex in the Sea," by Marah J. Hardt. Hardt, who was a former intern of Grubbs' at the Bimini Sharklab, gives a quirky and educational look into sex under the waves. Learn more about the book.
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.
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.