Virginia Schutte, a former undergraduate student in my lab, is doing her PhD with the wonderful Jeb Byers at UG. She is working on mangrove root epibionts (inverts that live underwater on mangrove roots), which I happen to love! In fact, I wanted to do a post doc on them many moons ago. Vote for [...]
A great piece on shrimp farming from environment 360 by Marc Gunther: Carlos Perez, a well-to-do businessman, has been farming shrimp in Ecuador since 1979. He has seen the industry boom: Ecuador exported about $1.2 billion worth of shrimp last year, and its shrimp farmers employ about 102,000 people. He has also watched as shrimp farms have [...]
Here’s a few of the amazing pictures that won this year’s underwater photography contest run by the University of Miami Rosentiel School. Make sure you check them out in their full glory at the 2012 Winners website.
Yesterday, the popular NPR program The Diane Rehm Show covered mangrove loss by interviewing biologist Kennedy Warne about his new book Let them eat shrimp: the tragic disappearance of the rainforests of the sea. Listen here
Dr John Bruno (UNC Chapel Hill, Dept of Biology) talks about the ecological role of mangroves, their loss due to shrimp farming and mangrove restoration in Ecuador. Filmed by Juan de Dios Morales Nunez.
Andres Ledergerber, director and head scientist of the Congal Biomarine Station in Muisne Ecuador, talks about restoring red mangroves to a former shrimp farm.
A nice article by Mark Derewicz (excerpted below) about UNC PhD student Rachel Gitman and her work to understand the implications of ”armoring” our shorelines to reduce coastal erosion. Sea level is rising in North Carolina at a rate of about 2-3 mm per year. Combined in some locations with boat traffic, sea level rise is [...]