News at FSUCML

Katherine Henning awarded IDEA Grant

Katherine Henning, a research assistant in Dr. Jeroen Ingels’ Meiolab at the FSUCML, was awarded an IDEA grant by Florida State University to take sediment samples from the Fenholloway and the Econfina rivers this summer. These samples are necessary to continue monitoring the health of the Fenholloway after the Cellulose Mill in Perry, FL relocated its wastewater pipeline to a location closer to the coast.

Ph.D. student Ashley Dawdy published in the ‘Fish Movement’ special issue of Environmental Biology of Fishes

Announcing a recent publication in the ‘Fish Movement’ special issue of Environmental Biology of Fishes from Ashley Dawdy, a current PhD student of the Grubbs lab. This publication is a result of Ashley’s undergraduate Honors in the Major thesis, completed here at FSU with former Grubbs lab students Dr. Cheston Peterson and Dr. Bryan Keller!

Apalachicola Bay catfishes and an endangered Florida sawfish: February publications from FSUCML

FSUCML is excited to announce two new publications this month from FSUCML researchers and their collaborators. The publications examine spatial-temporal patterns in two marine catfish species that utilize the Apalachicola Bay, and risk of commercial bycatch to endangered smalltooth sawfish in Florida fisheries. (Photo credit: Tonya Wiley)

Congratulations to FSUCML Graduates Alex Hooks and Nika Blank!

December is historically a month full of celebration and this year is no different! All of us at FSUCML are celebrating the success and graduation of two of our students, Ph.D. Candidate Alex Hooks and MSc student Nika Blank! Although they will be deeply missed at the lab, we are so excited to watch them both continue to flourish in the next steps of their careers. Read below to learn about Alex and Nika’s FSU journeys and find out where they are headed next.

Marquesas Keys 2021

Dr. Grubbs’ lab recently spent 8 days in the Marquesas Keys with scientists from the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and Bimini Biological Field Station to tag and collect valuable data from various species of elasmobranchs.

Who Works on the Coral Reefs down in the Keys…SpongeBOBBIE Renfro!

Recently, EcoWatch wrote a spectacular article on Ph.D. candidate, Bobbie Renfro, and her work on sponges in the Florida Keys with the Islamorada Conservation and Restoration Education (I.CARE) organization. Bobbie’s research at FSU revolves around the effects of nutrient enrichment on Caribbean reef sponges, and her expertise and passion for studying these invertebrates has proved invaluable in her ground-breaking work with I.CARE.

Goliath Grouper Research Continues Beyond the FSUCML

As the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission debates reopening the Goliath Grouper fishery in Florida state waters, stakeholders and policymakers turned to FSU researchers for their expertise on the matter. Former Marine Lab Director Dr. Felicia Coleman, former faculty member Dr. Chris Koenig, and former PhD student Dr. Chris Malinowski were recently interviewed by National Geographic about the ongoing debate.

Congratulations to FSUCML Graduates– Johanna Imhoff, Kevin Olsen, and Cheston Peterson!

Ph.D. Candidates Johanna Imhoff, Kevin Olsen, and Cheston Peterson all successfully defended their dissertations and graduated during FSU’s 2021 summer commencement!  All of us at the Marine Lab are so proud of the accomplishments of these standout scholars and we are thrilled to watch them fledge to grow even more in their chosen professions. So where are they headed now?

Suitability of Free-Living Marine Nematodes as Bioindicators: Status and Future Considerations

Ph.D. student Aaron Ridall has published his first paper in Frontiers in Marine Science journal!! Co-authored by advisor, Dr. Jeroen Ingels, they focused on the role of nematodes as bioindicators across the globe and identified the patchiness regarding their use. They also highlighted future directions they’d like to see addressed in the field of marine nematology with a special emphasis on understanding nematodes' responses to microplastics pollution.