Here’s a neat tool that could be of use to urban planners and restoration ecologists – CASU, the “Complexity for Artificial Substrates” program. CASU is open source software developed by Lynette … Continue readingCASU
As coastal cities become increasingly urbanized, the surrounding waters are littered with a plethora of artificial structures. An “artificial structure” can be anything from seawalls and breakwaters to an abandoned garden statue, like … Continue readingEngineering for the greater ecological good
So many of the world’s coastal cities are located at the mouths of rivers. These estuarine habitats were once vast, shallow landscapes of soft sediment, but they have become speckled … Continue readingRiprap community structure in Germany
Last week, I posted about the 2nd Biennial giant Pacific octopus symposium that was to be held at the Seattle Aquarium. The meeting went off without a hitch. It was … Continue readingNew discoveries about giant Pacific octopus
Here’s a cool recent paper from Cesar Megina and colleagues: Harbours as marine habitats: hydroid assemblages on sea-walls compared with natural habitats. Megina et al. compared communities of hydroids in harbors and … Continue readingHydroid assemblages in Spain’s harbors versus natural rocky habitats
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
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
You may have heard that jellyfish are taking over the world’s oceans, proliferating at a rate that is unfounded by historical standards. Is it possible that this has been facilitated … Continue readingCould jellyfish blooms be attributed to “ocean sprawl”?