Our Changing NERR-borhood

By Gabriela Canas, Guest Writer The GTM is special for many reasons but one that makes it particularly unique is its location. And with great [location] comes great responsibility (thanks, Spiderman). Located right on the boundary between the tropical and temperate zones, our estuary is considered to be an ecotone, or “transitional” zone (think awkward…

Florida Institute of Oceanography visits the GTMNERR again

By Sam Shaw, Guest Writer What is better than walking mangrove transects in the marsh on a hot and sunny day? Walking them on an overcast and rainy day, without a doubt. For this year’s Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Marine Field Studies class, a group of students was able to experience what it takes to conduct…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

The sessile oyster has footprints?

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds! This is the last installment in a five part series on oyster stories of northeast Florida. Kaitlyn Dietz is currently the Coastal Training Program Specialist at the GTM Research Reserve. Kaitlyn attended Georgia College and State University for her B.S. degree in Biology (2012)….

Local oysters and clams taste better

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds! This is the fourth in a five part series on oyster stories of northeast Florida! Be sure to look out for more! Kaitlyn Dietz is currently the Coastal Training Program Specialist at the GTM Research Reserve. Kaitlyn attended Georgia College and State University for her…

Knowing where the “good” oysters are

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds! This is the third in a five part series on oyster stories of northeast Florida! Be sure to look out for more! Kaitlyn Dietz is currently the Coastal Training Program Specialist at the GTM Research Reserve. Kaitlyn attended Georgia College and State University for…

Burning Blonder

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds! Professor Barbara Blonder has been teaching full-time at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL for more than 10 years. She received her master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL where she conducted research on Atlantic stingrays (Daysiatis sabina). Before returning to academia…

Serving Oysters to Henry Flagler

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds! This is the second in a five part series on oyster stories of northeast Florida! Be sure to look out for more! Kaitlyn Dietz is currently the Coastal Training Program Specialist at the GTM Research Reserve. Kaitlyn attended Georgia College and State University for…

Oyster Stories of Northeast Florida

The following is a post from a guest writer to the NERRds! This is the first in a five part series on oyster stories of northeast Florida! Be sure to look out for those! Kaitlyn Dietz is currently the Coastal Training Program Specialist at the GTM Research Reserve. Kaitlyn attended Georgia College and State University for…