You can find the NC Sea Grant "Coastwatch Currents" blog post here! https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/currents/2017/10/zombies-and-invaders-in-estuaries-oh-my/
We were so excited to have our exhibit opening and featured at the Estuarium's event called "Estuscarium". It was such a great time and so exciting to see the exhibit completed and being enjoyed by visitors!
Becca Barnard and Christofer Brothers assist at "Water Day" at a Greenville middle school on Friday, October 27th.
They espoused the many virtues of aquatic systems, including cool inverts and parasites! And also the importance of learning about and stopping the spread of aquatic invaders.
Becca Barnard and Tim Lee participate in the 3 minute thesis (3MT) competition and help ECU Biology win the Departmental Cup! (October 2017)
Great work to both Becca and Tim for their 3MT presentations and for helping the Department of Biology win the prestigious Departmental Cup!
More description of this here: https://www.facebook.com/ECUBiology/photos/a.1336252836417042.1073741828.1261544803887846/1743283329047322/?type=3&theater
Exhibit at the Estuarium on Biological Invasions and Zombie crabs featured at Estuscarium event Thursday October 26th!
Exciting news! An exhibit on biological invasions that Dr. April Blakeslee and Kayla Clark (ECU Art&Design) helped to design will be opening at the North Carolina Estuarium and will be featured at the Estuarium's Halloween event "Estuscarium" on October 26th. The exhibit was the result of a North Carolina Sea Grant Community Collaborative Research Grant with additional funding from the Estuarium and ECU. ECU News Service recently featured the opening on their news blog post, which you can read about here: blog.ecu.edu/sites/ecunow/blog/2017/10/20/invasive-species-exhibit-opens-at-n-c-estuarium/
Some muddy Labor Day sampling. And we introduced our Guangdong Ocean University (China) student, Niu, to the salt marsh!
Becca Barnard (center) is pictured with her co-recipient, Amelia Blake (left), for the Biology Department's selective James S. McDaniel Award, which recognizes leadership and academic success in the department. Also pictured is Chris Thaxton (right), winner of the Martha N. Jones Fellowship Endowment. Congratulations, Becca!
Sound Rivers is helping us get the word out about zombie crab research in our lab and our search for citizen scientists! http://soundrivers.org/volunteers-needed-parasite-research/
The following was posted on the Biology Facebook Page:
"Congratulations to Dr. April Blakeslee in the Biology Department and Kayla Clark, a graduate student in the School of Art & Design, on their collaborative project with the North Carolina Estuarium to build a new exhibit at the Estuarium focused on eastern NC invasive estuarine species. Their project was recently funded by North Carolina Sea Grant:"
Email from NC Sea Grant:
New Research Projects Focus on Coastal Community Collaborations : News Releases
"Five new projects have received funding from the North Carolina Community Collaborative Research Grant program. In its second year, the program leverages support from the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University with funding from North Carolina Sea Grant."
This past Sunday, our lab once again went to the Pamlico and Neuse Rivers to do our zombie crab / goby sampling! At Goose Creek Park in the Pamlico, we received assistance from citizen scientists, including some new trainees (future marine biologists??). :) Thank you so much to Heather Deck (Executive Director, Sound Rivers, http://soundrivers.org/) for many of the images above and for helping us build our citizen science network!
You can probably see from these images what we mean by "high waters". Offshore winds and the recent tropical storm pushed in a lot of water (increasing the salinity quite a bit as well) into the rivers and so our sampling was a bit challenging at times (the "shallow" subtidal was not quite so shallow this past weekend). Interestingly, we also found zombie crabs in places we typically do not see them, presumably due to the higher salinities in these locations!