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        Intro to Intertidal Ecosystems and their Services | In the Grass, On the Reef

        Salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass beds are productive coastal ecosystems that are submerged at least part of the time. They form estuaries, harboring commercially important species. They offer numerous other benefits to humans as well.

        Learn more about ecology in North Florida by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.

        The Intertidal Zone: Estuaries in Decline | In the Grass, On the Reef

        The intertidal ecosystems lining Florida’s Gulf coast are economically important, but in decline. Our researchers hope that by studying them, they might gain knowledge that will help preserve salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass beds.

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        The True Value of a Salt Marsh | In the Grass, On the Reef

        The salt marshes along Florida’s Gulf Coast provide a variety of ecosystem services and are economically important, but in decline. Dr. Hughes studies these marshes in hopes of finding a way to slow their decline and preserve these services.

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        Oysters are More than Food | In the Grass, On the Reef

        The intertidal oyster reefs along Florida’s Gulf Coast are highly productive ecosystems, but they are threatened by rapid decline. Dr. Kimbro is studying this economically important habitat in order to find a way to restore it.

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        Seagrasses and Blue Carbon | In the Grass, On the Reef

        Seagrass beds provide an array of services to both humans and animals. Dr. Randall Hughes studies the seagrass beds of Saint Joseph Bay to better understand these services and the decline of this important ecosystem.

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        Bay Mouth Bar: Where Everything is Hungry | In the Grass, On the Reef

        Bay Mouth Bar holds what is reputed to be the largest diversity of predatory snails in the world. Dr. David Kimbro is investigating how top predators on this group of seagrass beds affect the system as a whole, which in turn affects local fisheries.

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