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Seascape & marsh nekton paper published!

October 27, 2020

In a study titled “Seascape Configuration Influences the Community Structure of Marsh Nekton” in Estuaries & Coasts, Dr. Ryan James and doctoral student Zach Topor demonstrate that both environmental drivers and seascape structure play important roles in structuring marsh nekton communities, and that these responses can be species-specific. A PDF of the paper is available: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12237-020-00853-7

10 Ways Microscopic Ocean Animals Are Fascinating: a LUMCON Science talk

May 7, 2020 
Close-up of an arrow worm (Phylum Chaetognath) head spines, which are tipped with zinc. A minature Ocean Wolverine!

In a bucket of seawater there are tens to hundreds of microscopic, drifting animals called zooplankton. These small wanderers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and taxonomic diversity. Some flit through the water on ethereal wings like a hummingbird while others dart at incredible speeds (1000 body lengths per second!) through a molasses-like liquid. Zooplankton are amazing in so many ways; not to mention how some of them grow up to be delicious food (crab cakes anyone?). Join a virtual exploration of how these microscopic, ocean monsters are among the most fascinating animals on Earth. Watch the recording by clicking the YouTube Video below.