Links to Interesting Stuff...
I will periodically post links to interesting videos, websites, or news that I think people might want to know about here...
This spring (2016) I have been documenting large aggregations of newly settled, juvenile Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) recruits on scuba dives in the rocky shallow subtidal zones on the Southern Oregon Coast. Here is a photo taken on 13-May-2016 (Friday the 13th). The picture was taken at an angle to the bottom making a determination of the image area difficult. Each crab is about 9mm wide. On this day we estimated densities of ~5,000-11,000 individual crabs per square meter. Observations on earlier days were >20,000 individuals per square meter. I've recently submitted an NSF proposal to further study settlement events like these (and their ecosystem consequences).
(Spring 2015): I'll be one of several instructors for a fantastic marine ecology course at UW Friday Harbor Labs this summer called:
Instructors: Dethier, Duggins, Galloway, Lowe, Stephens
This video was taken by my colleague and friend Tim Dwyer. It demonstrates the really cool drift-algae capturing abilities of red urchins. If you'd like to learn more, see the note in the news section about our recent paper on red urchins in the San Juan Islands, or see the PDF from Marine Ecology. Tim is a researcher at FHL in the Sebens lab and is also an educator at the Spring Street International School.
Got Kids? Interested in a way cool summer camp, with a healthy dose of marine science? Check out the Spring Street International School summer camp! I worked with one of the organizers of this camp, Tim Dwyer, at SSIS during my NSF GK-12 teaching fellowship. Tim took the above urchin video - he is a fantastic marine science educator!