Oyster reefs are often the only natural hard substrate in estuaries and are even labeled “oyster rock” on many old nautical charts. Oyster reefs have the potential to grow extremely rapidly (10 cm/year); in comparison, coral-reef growth, is measured in mm/year. Oyster reefs are not only composed of oyster shells, they have an abundance of mud and organic carbon filling pore spaces between shells. A core through an oyster reef samples compositional changes through time, but extracting that record is tedious. In this time-lapse video, Rachel Quindlen, Molly Bost, and Carson Miller are subsampling an oyster-reef core. The constituents of every 5-cm long subsample are separated using a sieve and later by combusting organic matter and measuring particle size with a laser. It’s time-consuming, but worth it.
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On Oct. 1, Rodriguez Lab alum Justin Ridge was presented with the J. Charles Morrow Award for Graduate Research Excellence, in recognition for his accomplishments during his PhD. Jessie Straub, current MS student, gave her research seminar to the department directly after the ceremony. Big Day.
Lab Musings (mostly)
- RT @A_DiGiacomo_: @AntonioBRodrig flying for small scale mapping of oyster reefs in Shalotte! #Drones4Good @MarineUAS https://t.co/QwIbx9N6… 10:16:53 PM July 15, 2019 from Twitter for iPhone ReplyRetweetFavorite
- @ejtheuerkauf @jt_ridge @A_DiGiacomo_ @UNCims @MarineUAS @AttolloUAS Reduce reuse recycle 12:18:14 AM July 13, 2019 from Twitter for iPhone in reply to ejtheuerkauf ReplyRetweetFavorite
- I’m ready for detailed drone mapping on Monday with @jt_ridge @A_DiGiacomo_ Cannot forget to bring these tiny GCPs… https://t.co/hW1F7g3z2p 08:58:46 PM July 12, 2019 from Twitter for iPhone ReplyRetweetFavorite
Lesson plans for middle- and high-school teachers that focus on estuarine fish habitats can be found here.