Dr. Sandra Brooke has been instrumental in the process of protecting deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. NOAA Fisheries just announced the final rule for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s action to designate a large offshore protected area, >38,000 sq miles of canyon and slope habitat from bottom tending gear.
FSUCML in the News
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.
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.