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Bridging the ‘practice science gap’ to optimize restoration projects

As restoration projects throughout Massachusetts and the country focus on restoring natural ecosystems, researchers at Northeastern University are looking for ways to better bridge the "practice science gap" between practitioners and biodiversity research in an effort optimize these types of projects.

MES professor presented CAREER award

Randall Hughes, Assistant Professor in the Marine and Environmental Sciences department, has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.

A tale of two foundation species

A recent faculty publication examines the unique roles played by two co-occurring foundation species in mangrove forests, revealing that not all foundation species are created equal.

The noisy world of mud crabs

Fish are not silent crea­tures. Just like the ter­res­trial world, there’s a ver­i­table sym­phony of sound echoing under the sea. Indeed, the black drum fish was the sub­ject of many a phone call to the Miami police back in 2005, when their mid­night mating calls were waking up the locals.

Stuck in the middle with oysters and crabs

Research from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity ecol­o­gist David Kimbro, along with colleagues Jon Grabowski and Randall Hughes, shows that the behavior of middle preda­tors in marine food webs plays an impor­tant role in the wel­fare of the whole system—and that, like our behavior, middle predator behavior is pretty fickle.

Where Go the Oysters Go the Parasites

Ever wonder how a parasite finds its host in the ocean or why some hosts have more parasites than others? According to a recent study, it may be simpler than you think.