The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean

The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy

Since lionfish invaded the Caribbean and Atlantic, there have been programs promoting the consumption of lionfish in an effort to control them. There have been lionfish cookouts following lionfish derbies, restaurants serving lionfish, and even fishermen selling and exporting lionfish filets.  But in 2012, Florida Sea Grant and the FDA found detectable levels of ciguatera … Continue reading

Film Friday: The Lionfish Invasion in Four Minutes
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Film Friday: The Lionfish Invasion in Four Minutes

Happy Film Friday! Some of the other UNdertheC bloggers and I have been taking a science communication class at UNC this semester. For our final project, we had to explain our research topics using a form of communication that was new to us. For my project, I chose to make a YouTube video explaining the … Continue reading

Who’s “Lyin'” about Lionfish?
Marine Life / Policy / Science

Who’s “Lyin'” about Lionfish?

There has been a recent debate in the scientific literature about the effect of predators on invasive lionfish. Are Caribbean predators controlling the lionfish invasion? Two studies seem to have conflicting results. Is someone “lyin’” about lionfish? See previous post, The Great Debate: Predators vs Lionfish, for background on the lionfish invasion and more info on the … Continue reading

The Great Debate: Predators vs Lionfish
Marine Life / Policy

The Great Debate: Predators vs Lionfish

There has been a recent debate in the scientific literature about the effect of predators on invasive lionfish. Are Caribbean predators controlling the lionfish invasion? Two studies seem to have conflicting results: Also, stay tuned to find out if someone is “lyin’” about lionfish! Background: See previous posts about lionfish featured in Marine Monster Mash and Photography Friday. … Continue reading

Alumni

Megan Schutt Research Area: Offshore wind energy and boundary layer meteorology Email: schutt@live.unc.edu Website: ebbnfloe.tumblr.com Twitter: @GalesAndGusts Advisor: Harvey Seim Megan is a second year Masters student with Harvey Seim at UNC. Her undergraduate degree is in Aerospace Engineering, and she is now part of the wind resource assessment study analyzing the feasibility of offshore wind development … Continue reading

The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10
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The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10

Venoms are complex chemical cocktails designed to be actively injected into another organism and wreak cellular havoc (not to be confused with poisons, which need to be ingested). Venoms have a rich evolutionary history, with each independently evolved lineage accumulating new duplicate genes that can then mutate and alter existing proteins to produce an extraordinarily … Continue reading