This video helps students understand that intertidal ecosystems have economic value while facing large scale habitat loss. The intertidal ecosystems lining Florida’s Gulf coast are economically important, but in decline. Two researchers study salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass beds in the hope that the knowledge gained might preserve them. Starting in 2009, Randall Hughes and David Kimbro conducted this research on on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. It's a region of the gulf that features extensive protected lands and small towns where people make a living in commercial seafood. With plenty of estuarine habitat, it’s an ideal place to gain knowledge on the biological interactions that make a healthy coast.
Learn more about ecology in North Florida by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.