Warmer beaches skew slightly more female hatchlings

Did you miss the first post about this investigation into the incubation temperatures of loggerhead sea turtle nests in the Florida panhandle? No worries, check it out here! By Megan Lamb, Guest Blogger In 2016, I began looking at incubation temperatures, the amount of metabolic heating going on in an egg clutch, of loggerhead sea turtle…

A field day with Flagler College

By Shannon Dunnigan This past weekend research and stewardship NERRds at the GTMNERR had a great field day leading Flagler College students out to the GTMNERR’s Wright’s Landing artificial reef site where students assisted in collecting measurements on the percent cover of live oysters and dimensions for each of the 28 individual artificial reefs.  …

Water Quality in the Guana Ecosystem

By Nikki Dix, Shannon Dunnigan, and Silas Tanner Another great reason to love working at a NERR is that we operate at so many levels. We have national, regional, and local programs that steer our research, education, and stewardship of the estuaries within our boundaries. Many of the projects we work on here at the…

the wrap up

By Kaitlyn Dietz I think that one of the most important components of an event is the “after wrap-up/ debrief/ collapse in your chair”. The weeks following State of the Reserve have been just a busy as those before the event. We have been reviewing evaluations, summarizing panel discussions, highlighting key parts of presentations and…

Take two!

By Shannon Dunnigan Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. When our water quality housing broke [again] at our San Sebastian site (remember when we talked about replacing that darn thing??) in January, we threw in the towel and asked for help in making that station better. Clearly, after breaking for a second time in…

Preparing for presentations

By Shannon Dunnigan and Kaitlyn Dietz Preparing for an upcoming presentation is probably one of the most stressful experiences I have ever had. Not only are you time-restricted in many talks (that evil 12-minute window), but finding the EXACT information that summarizes your research perfectly is incredibly difficult. Currently, I am developing a presentation Pam and…

The visualization of rain

By Shannon Dunnigan I am sure most of you NERRds can agree that the visualization of data is an integral part of the scientific process. In fact, I would further argue that it does not simply occur ONCE, but multiple times throughout the process. Visualization is a key step in detecting patterns and relationships within…

The experiment

Grab your coffee and enjoy the second installment of a two-part series written by guest writer, Madison Toonder. She continues with her investigation into the effects of sunscreen on oysters. If you missed her first post (or it has been awhile since you read it) in which she discusses how she got started on her project,…

Another year of turtles

Happy New Year, NERRds! With the new year comes new intentions and goals along with reflections of the past. While we shiver from this wet, cold weather (winter? In Florida??), huddled in our offices, we are thinking about the year we just completed (and how much warmer it was). Last year brought us new projects,…

Isotopes-Isowhats?

The following is a guest post from fellow NERRd, Kaitlyn Dietz! She continues her fabulously NERRd-y series on her adventures working with sea turtles and stable isotopes. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to never miss a post in the future! (Psst, just scroll down to the bottom of this page!) Kaitlyn Dietz is…

Slow but steady

By Pam Marcum and Shannon Dunnigan The Research sector has been working hard to install the components of the NERRS Sentinel Site Application Module-1 (SSAM-1). The SSAM-1 project uses water level and elevation to link data from the abiotic monitoring (water quality and weather) and biological monitoring (marsh ecosystem) of the System-Wide Monitoring Program to…

There is always something to be thankful for

By Pam Marcum This is the time of year that we spend a lot of time reflecting on the year that has past and planning the year to come. As I look at back at the year I see all of the things we accomplished and think, “Wow! How did we manage to get all…

Feeling thankful

By Nikki Dix I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Every Thanksgiving for the past five years, I have returned from the NERRS Annual Meeting on what we call the “annual meeting high”. Spending a week with colleagues from around the nation, discussing and debating priorities and issues related to coastal management, energizes me!  …

Grateful Monday

By Shannon Dunnigan Thanksgiving is the time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for in our lives. To kick off our week of giving thanks, we’d like to start off this Grateful Monday by acknowledging our interns and all the hard work they have done. As a research team at the GTM,…

Just another day on the water

Sometimes, you can find the silliest things on the water. We stumbled onto a floating Jack-O-Lantern in the estuary the day after Halloween. Floating along to his next spooktacular adventure… Hope everyone had a happy Halloween! Anyone else already looking forward to turkey?  

The winds did what?

By Shannon Dunnigan Hey there, it’s been a while… If you did not catch the last few posts where we NERRds have discussed the recent Hurricane Irma, I highly recommend that you check those out! The first was a piece I wrote at the beginning of my investigations into the effects of Irma in the…

Dreaming and studying

The following is a guest post from fellow NERRd, Kaitlyn Dietz! You may recognize the name from her Shuck and Tell series this past year on the blog (also, conveniently, her office is 50 steps away from ours).  We’re so excited to have her back with another fabulously NERRd-y series on her adventures working with…

The DRY side of Hurricane Irma

The effects of Hurricane Irma were felt across the entire state of Florida. I mean, she WAS huge… “It’s eye…is wide enough that peak winds could arrive at both sides of the Florida peninsula at the same time…” – Kevin Loria, Business Insider, Sep. 9, 2017 Which is fascinating in and of itself, but for…

“Big” Irma at the GTM

By Shannon Dunnigan We’re still here! It has been a crazy few weeks for us NERRds with “Big Irma” and we were unable to contribute to our monthly blog post schedule (we release new content the first and third Wednesday of every month). We hope everyone that was affected by Irma is on their way…

Spat, Life After the Journey

By Mathew Monroe and Nikki Dix For the past few years on the first week of each month with good morning low tides, we have taken a 20-mile boat ride throughout GTM NERR to track settlement of oyster spat. Spat is the stage of an oyster’s life cycle at which the mobile journey as larvae…

Eclipsing the sensor

The following post was written by a guest writer and a true fellow NERRd! Seriously, though, she works at another NERR… Kim Cressman is the Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator for Grand Bay NERR and a part of the SWMPrats team. She has a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington,…

A very crabby summer

By Nikki Dix and Shannon Dunnigan Caitlin Garvey, our summer intern, recently completed an independent research project, “Comparing the Influence of Crabs in Salt Marsh and Mangrove Habitats.” Caitlin was funded by a National Science Foundation grant administered by the University of North Florida. Using pitfall traps, she caught more crabs in salt marshes than…

What oysters have to say

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds. This is cross-posted from her very own blog, themeanderingscientist.com, which is wonderfully NERRd-y and entertaining-be sure to check it out! Carrie hails from New England where she spent a lot of time as a kid poking around tide pools. It prompted her to…

Lost and Found at the Boat Ramp

by Mathew Monroe Working as a field biologist you never know what you will see or find. Here where I work at the GTM NERR, beautiful sunrises on the water and dolphin playing are not an uncommon site. The wildlife and the natural areas are abundant surrounding the oldest city in the United States, St….

What’s R?

By Katie Petrinec Let’s recap a little… If you remember from the last post, we left off with editing the historic data files, all files prior to 2007. Using the metadata documents, we recoded all the 2003-2006 data files and added the suspect data flag and appropriate CDMO code to the data file. We then…

Swip Swap

By Shannon Dunnigan Don’t you hate it when things break? Us, too. We have been noticing signs that one of our SWMP water quality stations was likely broken for a few weeks. Also praying, at the same time, that our suspicions were wrong-they weren’t (did you see our beard post??). Our San Sebastian SWMP station…

How Madison got started

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds! This is the first in a series about an investigation into the effects of sunscreen on oysters conducted by Madison Toonder. Madison is a 10th grader from FL who attends Stanford University Online High School. She aspires to be an exotic/marine animal veterinarian…

Monitoring with Florida Institute of Oceanography

By Nikki Dix Participants in Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Marine Field Studies class assisted GTM Research Reserve biologists (yes, us NERRds!) in our annual mangrove monitoring this past May. This is a multi-university intensive marine science course that exposes undergraduate students to each part of the state of Florida. While with the GTM biologists, students…

It’s always an adventure!

Hi, I’m Bailey, the GTMNERR research intern for summer 2017! A little bit about me – I’m a senior undergraduate Coastal Biology major at the University of North Florida. I am so thankful to be a part of the GTM team this summer, and if you see me around the educational center, I will surely…