Drift Away

Drift Away

Imagine you’re walking along the banks of a river in Maine, listening to the twittering of birds and marveling at the beautiful view across the meadows of marsh grass to the sparkling water.  Something catches your eye.  It’s bright!  As you walk closer to investigate, it starts to take on a familiar shape, but… it can’t be…

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We found introduced species!

We found introduced species!

This is an update to my previous post: On the look for invasive species.

Have you ever wondered what was growing under the docks up and down our coast?

Well 25 scientists set out to answer just that.  Scientists (including Sara, Seth, and myself), in a six-day sweep, scoured the docks from Maine to Rhode Island looking for and identifying introduced species.

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Invasive plants: If we can't beat 'em...

Invasive plants: If we can't beat 'em...

Scientists, people with yards, and nature lovers generally all agree that invasive plants are the worst. Mention buckthorn or multiflora rose at a party and I bet you won’t hear anyone say how much they like them.  Before we go on, check out Christopher Wells’ post, Why Study Invasive Species?

So, does anyone have a reason to like invasive plants? I’m looking for a silver lining, to help me sleep at night. I have nightmares of Japanese knotweed gradually covering the New England area, such that wildflowers and trees are merely a memory.

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Why study introduced species?

Why study introduced species?

I’ve always been interested in community ecology: the study of the organization and interactions within a group of organisms (predation, herbivory, symbiosis).  Interactions within a biological community fluctuate around equilibrium until they are disturbed...

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Introduction to my sea anemone research

Introduction to my sea anemone research

On a survey looking for introduced (non-native) species carried out in 2000 they found this beautiful sea anemone (Sagartia elegans).  It was only found in one marina: Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem Harbor, MA (along with quite a few other neat introduced animals and plants).

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