An “artificial structure” can be anything from an oil platform to a discarded flower pot that somehow finds its way to the seafloor. Many of the artificial structures that lead … Continue readingWhat are artificial structures?
Foundation species, or ecosystem engineers, are organisms that physically modify the environment in ways that benefit other species and enhance diversity. For instance, reef-building corals and canopy-forming kelps form structurally … Continue readingWhat are foundation species?
Synanthropes often share several characteristics: They are typically generalists –their diet varies according to what’s available. They are often opportunistic, “r-selected” species (short lifespan with high reproduction rate – think … Continue readingWhat makes an urban synanthrope?
Key Points: Giant Pacific octopus the largest known octopus species in the world. A recent study suggests that deep-dwelling giant Pacific octopus are positively correlated with urbanization intensity. This … Continue readingUrban Octopus
Key Points: Algal turfs are thick, carpet-like beds of seaweed that retain sediment and compete with foundation species like corals and kelps. High nutrient and sediment loads in urban … Continue readingAlgal Turf Takeover
Key Points: Urban sea lions utilize the extensive haul-out opportunities provided by buoys, floating docks, and other urban infrastructure. Dense aggregations of sea lions in many coastal cities suggest they … Continue readingSea Lions: City Slickers
Last fall, I posted photos from an urchin barren at Elliott Bay Marina. It’s taken me forever to compile video from the same dive, but here it is in all its glory … Continue readingUrchin barren video
What lives out there in Seattle’s underwater landscape? That’s been the question of undergraduate interns in the Sebens Lab over the last 2 months, as they’ve analyzed photos from our recent … Continue readingWhat’s out there?
Welcome to the Urban Marine Ecology blog! Here, I will posted the latest in Urban Marine Ecology research, as well as reflections on general concepts and paradigms in the field, … Continue readingWelcome!