Monday, December 13, 2010
KENT CARPENTER went on a "fishing expedition" in Malaysia as part of The Semporna Marine Ecological Expedition organized to document the biodiversity richness and coral reef health of the Semporna Priority Conservation Area (PCA), Malaysia. Dr Carpenter visited the fish market looking for, and finding a diversity of fish that were not observed during a week of diving. Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/user/2010SMEE#p/u/1/lsOj3s7g_Lg
Friday, December 10, 2010
Dr Day has been involved with this research program since the late 1980’s. His project monitors species composition, diversity, and plant cover annually at various sites along the dune chronosequence (a sequence of soils that changes gradually from one to the other with time) on Hog Island, a Virginia coastal barrier island. The effects of nitrogen fertilization on vegetation are also measured. The primary emphasis of the research is the effects of disturbance (frequent coastal storms) and changes in free surfaces (land, sea level, and ground water) on coastal dune ecosystems.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
DANIEL DAUER, professor and eminent scholar of Biological Sciences recently received funding for two research projects titled, "Chesapeake Bay Project: Benthic Monitoring Component Data Collection" and "Chesapeake Bay Project: Data Analysis and Management" from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Dr Dauer and his research group have received this funding to continue their analyses of long-term trends in the biota of Chesapeake Bay. These studies have included examining the relationships between land use, nutrient and contamination levels, and the condition of living (biotic) communities in the bay in order to assess whether there are any improvements in the Bay’s health as part of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program. Benthic invertebrates are used as indicators of the health of esturine environments as they have been shown to respond to environmental stress.
Friday, December 3, 2010
MARK BUTLER, professor and eminent scholar of Biological Sciences recently received funding for a research project titled, "Assessment of PAV1Virus Prevalence in Bahamian Lobster Fishery" This work is funded by the World Wildlife Fund.
Dr Butler and his research team have been investigating a virus (PAV1) that infects and kills, in particular the juvenile stages of, the Caribbean spiny lobsters. This virus affects both the biology and ecology of the lobsters and as such poses a threat to lobster fisheries throughout the Caribbean. This study will help determine the prevalence of the virus in the lobsters of the Bahamas.
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