This video shows that the loss of one predator species could have effects that trickle down to impact the entire habitat. Dr. Kimbro’s graduate student, Tanya Rogers, investigates the loss of predator diversity at Bay Mouth Bar. Over the last few decades, Bay Mouth Bar lost one of its main predators, the true tulip snail. It also lost a smaller snail species, the murex, and the amount of area covered by seagrass has declined. Tanya runs an experiment to see whether the loss of predator diversity has had an effect that has trickled down and caused the decline of the seagrass bed habitat.
Learn more about predator diversity in seagrass beds by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.