News Around the Lab
A graduate student from the University of Michigan arrived at the Florida State University Oceanographic Institute in 1958 (thanks to a travel grant from the Lerner Research Fellowship) with few funds, no boat, and no place to live. The director of the lab, Dr. Harold Humm, welcomed him to free lodging and a free boat to do what he was clearly prepared to do – study the ecology, range, and habitat of brachiopods and delve into the complex food web and predator-prey interactions of a diverse array of carnivorous snails. So started Bob Paine’s association with FSU.
Congratulations, Abbey (FSUCML graduate student), for receiving this exciting scholarship! Read an excerpt from Abbey's application essay, where she describes her passion for the outdoors.
Learn about an exciting new project at the FSUCML, where researchers will assess the status of seagrasses along the west coast of Florida, and identify reasons why seagrasses are not recovering in some areas.
Recently, Dr. Jessi Halligan (FSU, Dept. of Anthropology) published research proving that humans settled the southeastern United Stats as much as 1500 yeras earlier than was previously believed. Find out what they discovered.
Florida State University alumni Tommy Warren and Kathy Villacorta’s gift creates the Coastal and Marine Conservation Student Research Endowment to provide support for graduate student research into protecting and conserving coastal and marine habitats, ecologically and economically important marine species, and sustainable fisheries. Learn more about their generous gift.
Plastic pollution is a very real threat to our ecosystems. The FSUCML is taking action to encourage recycling, particularly monofilament fishing line and nets. Learn how microplastics and other marine debris impacts marine environments and what you can do to help.
Roughly 30 researchers from three continents (North America, Australia, Europe) and six U. S. Universities (including Dr. Jeff Chanton from Florida State University) met at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory last week (February 26 -28, 2016) for a workshop on permafrost decomposition in the Arctic.
We have begun a restoration project of our own at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML). We are working on returning fire to a Longleaf pine forest on the lab property, along the North 70 tract. This is an exciting restoration project, but it also comes with a unique set of challenges.
Least terns, the smallest of American terns, rely on our sandy beaches for nesting sites. Several populations are endangered, so it is important to do what we can to make sure these birds have the opportunity to build undisturbed nests. Learn how you can help.