News at FSUCML

Grad-Student Matt Kolmann wins Sigma Xi Award

Congratulations to graduate student Matt Kolmann (advisor Dr. R. Dean Grubbs) for receiving a research grant from Sigma Xi. Matt, a native Floridian, has broad research interests in life history, anatomy, and evolution of basal fishes, especially sharks and rays. His award from Sigma Xi will help fund his investigation of the material and structural nature of the skeleton in stingray. Sigma Xi, founded in 1886, is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.

FSUCML New Research Vessel

The FSUCML is pleased to announce that Geo Shipyard, Inc. (New Iberia, LA) won the bid to build our new 63-ft research vessel. Marine architects Dejong and Lebet, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL) developed the preliminary design for this aluminum hull catamaran with input from faculty across the FSU campus, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).

Coleman and Koenig Fish for Reasons Behind Endangered Grouper's Comeback

FSUCML faculty, Dr. Christopher Koenig and Dr. Felicia Coleman, are collecting new data on the once severely-overfished Atlantic goliath grouper in a new three-year study. The species is native to Florida's waters, and is currently making a comeback in the southeastern United States, after a 21-year fishing moratorium. Using nondestructive sampling techniques, Koenig and Coleman will examine specific conditions and behaviors supporting this species' population recovery along Florida's coastlines in both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Coleman Co-Authors "A Once and Future Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem"

Dr. Felicia Coleman is a co-author on a new report released by the Pew Charitable Trust, A Once and Future Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem in which the expert working group makes recommendations for recovering Gulf resources and restoring the natural system. Recognizing that the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010 was just the most visible, recent problem threatening the health of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, the authors recommend going beyond the traditional restoration approach that targets specific habitats or species damaged by the oil to focus on the Gulf of Mexico as a whole to have it truly recover and thrive in an unpredictable future.

Dr. Mark Hay (Georgia Institute of Technology) Joins the FSUCML Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Mark E. Hay (Professor and Teasley Chair in Environmental Biology) from Georgia Institute of Technology has agreed to serve on the FSUCML Scientific Advisory Board. Mark is an ecologist with considerable experience in food web dynamics across spatial scales that include terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems, and across taxa from plankton to algae, from herbivores to apex predators.