The department has teaching and research interests in many aspects of Biology from the cellular and molecular level to organismal to global ecological and conservation issues

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Clean City Heroes

On 06/14/13, the Norfolk Environmental Commission held it's annual "Clean City Cookout" to honor Norfolk's Clean City Heroes. Receiving the "Rivers and Watershed Protection Award" were Todd Egerton, Matthew Muller, and Matthew Semcheski, representing the phytoplankton lab, for their continuing efforts and participation in local wetland restoration projects. 
Matthew Muller, and Matthew Semcheski (not pictured: Todd Egerton)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Larval Lobster Tracking

Check out the latest research of Mark Butler, Professor and Eminent Scholar of Biological Sciences

In his words:

Larval Lobster (From Butler website)
The article describes a very sophisticated biophysical modeling project in which, for the first time, we were able to predict the origins and destinations of spiny lobster larvae throughout the Caribbean.  This is important because the Caribbean spiny lobster is THE most important fishery in the Caribbean and its larvae disburse for many months in the plankton, thus moving among the 30+ countries of the region.  With this publication, we can now begin working with fishery managers around the Caribbean on a Caribbean-wide cooperative management of this important resource.

For the science behind the press check out the PLoS one article: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0064970