Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!
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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
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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
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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?
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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

The future of coral reefs: will super El Nino’s destroy “super” corals?
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The future of coral reefs: will super El Nino’s destroy “super” corals?

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on earth. If you didn’t know that already you probably wouldn’t be here. For background on see these links (1, 2, 3). Also, reefs are beautiful and really cool (see below). However, corals are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They are especially … Continue reading