This guest post is by Rachel Canty. Rachel is a Master’s student at UNC Institute of Marine Sciences. Her research focuses on coastal microbial ecology, specifically on competing different strains of the human pathogenic bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus, against one another. Rachel’s claim to fame is that she once swam on a relay with Katie Ledecky (5-time … Continue reading
Category Archives: Marine Life
4 Ocean Animals with Superpowers
The ocean is home to some strange and mysterious critters – including some that could give the Justice League a run for their money. From immortal invertebrates to flying fish, here are four super powered ocean animals. The one that can walk on land While there are a number of amphibious fish out there, … Continue reading
Bon appétit (with algae)!
It’s funny, sometimes, the random facts you remember from when you were growing up. One I vividly remember is my 9th grade biology teacher telling us that lecithin, a common additive in food and cosmetics, was originally derived from algae. Who knows why this fact stuck with me (maybe because she challenged us to find … Continue reading
Science on the high seas
Here at UNC Marine Sciences, we have a really cool program that allows graduate students in the department to nominate and then select a seminar speaker to come to the university and give a talk. It’s a unique opportunity for students to select a speaker that not only conducts interesting, world-class research but that also … Continue reading
Parasites Share our Love of Oysters
http://college.unc.edu/2014/06/03/oysters/ Perhaps you’ve eaten an oyster – if so, you are far braver than me, but have you even taken the time to ask an oyster how it’s feeling? I hadn’t until I started working on a class project looking at the relationship between oyster health and climate. For over two decades, NOAA (National Oceanic … Continue reading
Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!
This week I was interested in writing about something wacky in marine systems. Being an ecologist, I tend to discuss organisms and their environment. So as I brainstormed what to write, I thought back to my time as a research technician at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) with Dr. Emmett Duffy. While working … Continue reading
Does Surfing Affect the Environment Negatively? How to Practice Green Surfing
Author Bio This guest post was written by Jay Recinto. Jay is the Media Content Manager for Warm Winds over at Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island. Warm Winds is a locally-owned surf shop that aims to give back to the community and the environment through education, events and support of green initiatives. Did you know … Continue reading
Move over corals, phytoplankton are also impacted by climate change
When most people think about the impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans, they’re first thoughts are things like ‘corals’ and ‘ocean acidification’. And while these are both excellent examples of how climate change affects the oceans, they’re not the only ones. Science magazine recently published a great article by Hunter-Cevera et al., 2016 … Continue reading
Does temperature dictate which corals can survive on a reef?
If you’ve been reading UNdertheC for while, then you know that I study coral reefs (specifically those in the Caribbean). If this is your first time here, welcome! Tell your friends 🙂 As the 4th year of my PhD dawns here at UNC, the first chapter of my dissertation work has finally been published in … Continue reading
Springtime in the Estuary!
Spring is springing (finally!) here on the NC coastline and I feel like there has been a complete re-birth. People are back in town, flowers are blooming, plants are turning green again, crops are being planted, and more and more people are getting back on the water. Signs of spring are everywhere on land, which … Continue reading