Tag: research

Pioneer Snook in the Nature Coast

snook being measured

What are pioneer snook? Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are a highly sought-after sport fish found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  Lately, anglers are catching many more snook in the Nature… Read More

Water Relations of an Insular Population of Florida Cottonmouth Snakes

Written by Mark Sandfoss with the UF Department of Biology Seahorse Key (SHK) is a continental island near coastal Florida that lacks permanent sources of fresh water and is inhabited by a large population of Florida Cottonmouth snakes, Agkistrodon conanti…. Read More

Turtle v. Snake

Travis Thomas hoists an alligator snapping turtle out of the Suwannee River

Battle royale, science style If you know Suwannee River native and UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation PhD Student Travis Thomas, then you know he has a passion for turtles. Specifically, Travis worked for years on a project to elevate the… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Seagrass Monitoring and Assessment-Big Bend Seagrass Aquatic Preserve

Anna Swigris

NCBS Intern Report written by Anna Swigris, with Tim Jones and Jamie Letendre with the Department of Environmental Protection 7:00 AM.  I arrive at the Crystal River Preserve State Park office.  I change into snorkel gear and help… Read More

How are we doing after 50+ years of oyster restoration in the US?

Oyster beds off of the coast of Cedar Key, Florida.

If you are like me, you have heard a lot of buzz lately about oyster restoration efforts. But did you know that oyster restoration has been going on in the United States since at least 1964? What have… Read More

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Spring 2018 Summary

horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

Program Status Update We are in the midst of a very exciting time for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch! This spring, we trained coordinators for at least 10 new sampling areas during three training workshops and site visits. Folks… Read More

New research on seagrass resilience in the Nature Coast

a diver studies seagrass

Seagrass in the Nature Coast Seagrasses are flowering, marine plants with fully developed leaves, roots, and rhizomes. Seagrasses support many valuable ecosystem functions such as improving water clarity and providing  habitat. Along Florida’s Nature Coast, the size and… Read More