Seagrass beds provide an array of services to both humans and animals, including providing food and shelter, producing oxygen, and carbon sequestration (storing carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere). Seagrasses are also facing large-scale decline. Dr. Randall Hughes studies the seagrass beds of Saint Joseph Bay to better understand the decline of this important ecosystem and the potential impacts of losing it. This video will help students learn about the economic and environmental services provided by seagrass beds and better understand the potential affects of losing this habitat.
Learn more about seagrass bed ecology by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.