FSUCML in the News

Florida universities offer a place for the studious angler to pursue a passion for fish

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.

How this ray became a scapegoat in the Chesapeake Bay

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.

Rising carbon dioxide levels alter species’ interactions

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.