FSUCML in the News

Researchers remind policy makers that fish don't obey political boundaries

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.

FSU researcher featured on 'Shark Week'

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.

It Wasn't the Rays' Fault After All

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.

The Secret Sex Life of Fish

In this WPBT2 Miami, Changing Seas documentary, FSUCML director Dr. Felicia Coleman and faculty Dr. Chris Koenig discuss the reproductive behavior of gag grouper, and explain the importance of fisheries management in the recovery of stable populations. Special thanks Changing Seas producer Alexa Elliot; Sean Hickey, editor and videographer; and Yoandy Vidal, videographer, for their work on this episode.