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May 29, 2014
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Guilty: Crabs are killing N.E. saltmarshes

Two newly published studies by a team of Brown University researchers provide ample new evidence that the reason coastal saltmarshes are dying from Long Island to Cape Cod is that hungry crabs, left unchecked by a lack of predators, are … Continue reading

May 13, 2013
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Research Enables Fishermen to Harvest Lucrative Shellfish on Georges Bank

Combined research efforts by scientists involved in the Gulf of Maine Toxicity (GOMTOX) project, funded by NOAA’s Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program, and administered by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), have led to … Continue reading

April 15, 2013
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Invasive crabs help Cape Cod marshes

Ecologists are wary of non-native species, but along the shores of Cape Cod where grass-eating crabs have been running amok and destroying the marsh, an invasion of a predatory green crabs has helped turn back the tide in favor of … Continue reading

April 15, 2013
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Scientists Reveal Quirky Feature of Lyme Disease Bacteria

Unlike most organisms, they don’t need iron, but they crave manganese Scientists have confirmed that the pathogen that causes Lyme Disease—unlike any other known organism—can exist without iron, a metal that all other life needs to make proteins and enzymes. … Continue reading

January 29, 2013
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Student’s Curiosity Produces Ecological Buzz

Students studying what they love is a well-established principle at Brown. For Tyler Coverdale, that meant the outdoors, the environment, and, ultimately, some provocative research on Cape Cod salt marshes through GIS-assisted analysis of historical aerial photography. He loves it. … Continue reading

November 21, 2012
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New Research Consortium Brings Scientists, Fishermen, and Managers Together to Address Seal Issues in the Northeast

Goal is to Understand the Ecological Role of Seals in North Atlantic Waters People come from miles away to see the seals off the shores of Cape Cod and surrounding regions, but the animals are creating some challenges for local … Continue reading

October 20, 2012
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Why Are Coastal Salt Marshes Falling Apart?

Too many nutrients can cause extensive loss of marshes Salt marshes have been disintegrating and dying over the past two decades along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and other highly developed coastlines without anyone fully understanding why. This week in the … Continue reading

June 18, 2012
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Recreational Fishing Brings Salt Marsh Die-Off

As recreational fishing activity has reduced predators in many of Cape Cod’s salt marsh ecosystems, Sesarma crabs have feasted on grasses, causing dramatic die-offs of the marshes, according to a new study. The researchers assessed the “trophic cascade” in several … Continue reading