Battle lines are drawn and chemical warfare commences between alga (left) and coral (right). Img: Jennifer Smith I was lucky enough to attend an all-day workshop today, just down the road at Georgia Tech, where Prof. Mark Hay organised the Teasley Symposium on the interactions between corals and seaweeds on reefs. Like many, I was . . . → Read More: Turf wars
Almost sixteen years ago, I was at phase one of Operation Convince A Tall Blond To Get With Me. For brevity, I will refer to this as The Operation. I won’t further comment on my moves during The Operation other than to say they were real smooth. Tall blond was completely in to me. At . . . → Read More: If I Was A Hagfish Could I Get With Tall Blonds?
All sperm are not the same. Among fruit flies the longer the reproductive tract of the female the longer the sperm. In tiny crustaceans called ostracods, sperm length can range from several hundred micrometers to several millimeters. And here is some trivia for your next cocktail party, sperm in ostracods can even be longer than . . . → Read More: There Is More Than One Way To Impregnate A Squid
There is much buzz these days about marine protected areas (MPAs) and no-take zones. We are approaching the age of assessment. There has been enough time passed where we should see a signal of improvement to verify conservation theory. While the data has been trickling in for many MPAs and there is in general an . . . → Read More: Penguins Immediately Benefit From MPA
I am very excited today! My new paper in the journal Ecology will be coming out in April on the regulation of biodiversity in the deep sea. NESCent is issuing a press release (below) written by our very talented, Communications Director Robin Smith. Above is a high-definition Youtube video we put together for the . . . → Read More: When the dinner bell rings for seafloor scavengers, larger animals get first dibs
MATE International Competition ROV 2009. A student built ROV carrying out a “rescue mission” on a troubled submarine. Photo courtesy of VideoRay / Steve Van Meter. The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s International Student ROV Competition just occurred in Buzzard’s Bay, Mass. This is the competition for those who already won in 16 regional . . . → Read More: MATE Center’s International Student ROV Competition
Two barnacles removed from a rock. The barnacle on top has been fertilized and the eggs are compressed into yellow pellets on either side of the body. The penis is sticking out from in between. The barnacle below has not been fertilized; the un-fertilized eggs are large yellow blobs. The testes are visible in both . . . → Read More: On the study of crustaceous genitalia