News at FSUCML

Grubbs Lab in the FL Keys

Last month, members of the Grubbs lab traveled to the Florida Keys to look for smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata), in collaboration with Bimini Biological Field Station. This trip was one of many routine sampling trips made by Grubbs lab members multiple times per year to monitor the presence of one of Florida’s Critically Endangered species in the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park.

An Un-FORE-gettable time at the Second Annual Play for the Bay Benefit Golf Tournament

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory and St. James Bay Golf and Pickleball Resort had another successful Play for the Bay Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, October 13th. Fourteen sponsors and twenty-seven teams helped raise over $22,000 for FSUCML graduate students.

Dead but Not Forgotten - Corals

FSUCML alumna, Dr. Abbey Engleman, recently published a paper, "Dead but not forgotten: complexity of Acropora palmata colonies increases with greater composition of dead coral" in PeerJ! Dr. Engleman was actually Dr. Sandra Brooke's first Ph.D. student at FSUCML! Dr. Brooke is a co-author of this research as well.

Congratulations to Danie Barnes!

With summer coming to an end and the new semester swinging into action, the FSUCML wants to give a huge shout-out and congratulations to Danie Barnes! Danie graduated in August after completing her Master’s in Biological Science. We are so proud of her accomplishments! Read on to learn about her research, favorite FSUCML memories, and her next steps.

New Paper in Estuaries and Coasts Journal

This recently published manuscript assesses changes in fish populations in Apalachicola from 2001-2019. The lead author is Dr. Cheston Peterson, a Florida State University alumnus, with co-authors David Gandy from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Dr. Sandra Brooke, Research Faculty at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab. The data for this manuscript was provided by the FWC Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program and funding for its preparation came from the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative.

28th International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council Meeting

Last month, FSUCML’s Dr. Jeroen Ingels attended part of the 28th International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council Meeting. At a side event organized by Nauru Ocean Resources Inc., he presented a summary of the work he, Meiolab members, and colleagues at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil) have been conducting together since 2020.

Sawfish Tagged in Cedar Key for the First Time in Decades

In 2003, smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) had the unenviable distinction of being the first native marine fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. The classification followed decades of declining populations due to habitat loss, overharvesting and mortality as fisheries bycatch. Now, 20 years later, a 13-foot adult female captured off the coast of Cedar Key, FL suggests the species may be making a slow but spirited comeback.