I’ve been thinking a lot recently about this article from Bob Steneck and colleagues: Ecosystem Flips, Locks, and Feedbacks: the Lasting Effects of Fisheries on Maine’s Kelp Forest Ecosystem. In … Continue readingUrchins and crabs vying for dominance
In my last post, I provided some background information about spatial subsidies and how I think they may be playing a role in urban marine ecosystems. Specifically, I considered whether … Continue readingDo algal subsidies from riprap alter soft sediment community structure?
As promised, I wanted to provide some background information about spatial subsidies and explain one way in which I think they may occur in urban marine ecosystems… Since the late … Continue readingSpatial subsidies from riprap… say what?
If you live in a coastal city, there is likely a vibrant marine ecosystem just beyond the shoreline you see downtown. We so rarely get to peer into these ecosystems … Continue readingUnderwater video tour of Alki Pipeline
I have installed the first of what will likely be several different contraptions to contain urchins. It’s an urchin corral! You can see it here in the kiddie pool tanks … Continue readingUrchin corrals
Algae presses are a cool and creative way to document macroalgal specimens you encounter in the field (and they make great gifts too!). These specimens came from a dive site … Continue readingRed macroalgae artwork… and some science
Louise Firth and colleagues recently published this article in Environmental Science Processes & Impacts: Climate change and adaptational impacts in coastal systems: the case of sea defences. It provides a … Continue readingClimate change and the proliferation of shoreline armoring
Just back from a whirlwind trip to Friday Harbor Labs. There, with the help of an expert, I was able to begin building my library of the species that live … Continue readingBuilding a macrofauna library
On Aug 3, I told you about the dives we’d done to collect soft sediments. Since then I’ve spent many an hour in the lab processing the samples we collected. … Continue readingSoft sediments – they’re alive!!!
Last week, I told you about experiments I would be starting at MaST aquarium in Des Moines, WA. I’m happy to report that the urchin tanks (aka kiddie pools) are … Continue readingUrchins tanks are ready