When oysters sense consumers, they stop filtering water. When consumers sense predators, they stop eating oysters. Fear can hurt and help oysters. Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes investigate the relationships between animals on the oyster reefs with an eye towards the ecology of fear. Does the fear of being eaten outweigh the effects of animals eating each other?
Learn more about fear and the health of the oyster reef by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.