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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Looking for new lab mates
I’m looking for new graduate students to join the Rodriguez Lab. If you are interested in coastal science including sedimentology, geomorphology, and/or ecology look through this website to see if what we do is compatible with your interests. We can also team up with other faculty at UNC to provide additional expertise to your project.
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- @AttolloUAS introducing the drone kit to MCB Camp Lejeune during training. First flight after lunch! Environmental… https://t.co/dsSJfNlM3O 03:13:16 PM September 11, 2019 from Twitter for iPhone in reply to AttolloUAS ReplyRetweetFavorite
Lesson plans for middle- and high-school teachers that focus on estuarine fish habitats can be found here.