Identifying Effective Strategies to Protect Louisiana’s Precious Wetlands

The Louisiana coastal zone is the fastest-eroding wetland in the US. This region is home to a variety of vitally important fish species for local fishing industry and ecosystems, which are currently under threat. Conservation schemes have been proposed under the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan in an attempt to preserve coastal habitats and their … More Identifying Effective Strategies to Protect Louisiana’s Precious Wetlands

8 Ocean Documentaries Better than Seaspiracy

by Sara Marriott Seaspiracy, the viral Netflix documentary, concludes the only way to save the ocean is to stop eating fish (and I assume all meat). I am not going to spend my time going into the inaccuracies and misleading statements in the film, since many marine scientists have already done so (Science of Seaspiracy, … More 8 Ocean Documentaries Better than Seaspiracy

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science covers third NGOMEX Advisory Panel Workshop on Hypoxia Effects on Fisheries

The following was originally posted on NCCOS News on 1/22/2021. Third Advisory Panel Workshop on Hypoxia Effects on Fisheries Showcases Visualization Tool and Models “The third Advisory Panel Workshop on Hypoxia Effects of Fish and Fisheries was held virtually on December 14, 2020 as part of an NCCOS NGOMEX project led by Dr. Kim de … More NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science covers third NGOMEX Advisory Panel Workshop on Hypoxia Effects on Fisheries

Influence of Temperature on the Growth of Young-of-Year (YOY) River Herring – New Publication!

by Sammie Alexander In spring 2016, I completed an OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars Program project under the guidance of Dr. CJ Schlick (then, PhD candidate) investigating the influence of temperature on the growth of young-of-year (YOY) Alewife and Blueback Herring in Potomac River tributaries. At the time, I was a second-year undergraduate and had not … More Influence of Temperature on the Growth of Young-of-Year (YOY) River Herring – New Publication!

A tale of joy and sorrow: Successful recovery and setbacks of blue catfish invasion

I recently completed my Masters thesis work in the de Mutsert Fish lab. My research is based in Gunston Cove, a freshwater tidal tributary to the Potomac River in Virginia, USA. Estuaries are particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic impacts, due to their proximity to high human population density. Impacts at the ecosystem level are particularly strong … More A tale of joy and sorrow: Successful recovery and setbacks of blue catfish invasion

2020 Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Symposium – OSCAR student Katie Russell

I attended the 2020 Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Symposium on February 27 – 28 and presented a poster of my OSCAR funded research conducted under Dr. Kim de Mutsert and the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.  I have been researching the differences in spawning population size of river herring, the collective name of alewife … More 2020 Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Symposium – OSCAR student Katie Russell