End-of-year update: Ocean acidification studies advance thanks to Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Heather Page and colleagues advanced research on ocean acidification impacts to multiple species and their interactions in 2018. Coral reef ecosystem health has been declining worldwide, and ocean acidification (OA) — decreasing seawater pH owing to human-contributed carbon dioxide entering the ocean — may further challenge reefs. To better predict coral reefs’ fate amid OA, scientists must understand how multiple living things — corals, seaweeds and more — will respond and how their interactions will be influenced. These interactions shape coral reef community structure and resilience to environmental changes.

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End-of-year update: Mote studies coral restoration strategies amid unprecedented disease outbreak

As the unprecedented outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease continues affecting more than 96,000 acres of Florida Keys reefs during December 2018, Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are co-leading a Restoration Trials Team to determine best practices and impacts of planting nursery-grown corals for research on effective reef restoration.

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End-of-year update: Blue hole studies deepen in the Gulf of Mexico

On Nov. 18, 2018, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and colleagues dove deep into an offshore “blue hole” in the Gulf of Mexico, launching a new round of exploration and research into these underwater caves, springs and sinkholes whose scientific investigation has been pioneered by Mote.

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End-of-year update: Tracking multiple marine species through a Sarasota Bay network

This year, studies of multiple marine species in Sarasota Bay advanced thanks to the collaborative work of Mote Marine Laboratory, the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP, a Chicago Zoological Society program in collaboration with Mote), New College of Florida, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) at Harbor Branch and Loggerhead Instruments – partners who operate the Sarasota Coast Acoustic Network (SCAN).  The network has two primary components: tracking tagged animals and listening for environmental sounds including those produced by dolphins and fish.

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New shark species named in honor of Mote founder

Fondly labeled the “Shark Lady,” Dr. Eugenie Clark founded Mote Marine Laboratory and continued studying fishes until she passed away in 2015 at age 92. She will now be recognized with another distinction: namesake of a newly discovered species of dogfish shark.

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