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Research Projects

Team Osprey

Research project: Living Shoreline

 

Captain: Kelsey Bolling

Caitlyn Cameron

Harrison Garcia

Kelly Cameron

 

Team Osprey is heading up the 7th year of  the living shoreline project. We will be working with the Florida Department of Environment Protection (FLDEP)  propagating shoreline grasses in our wildcat garden.  Installation of these shoreline grasses is planned for the spring.  The purpose of this project is to strengthen and protect our shorelines by preventing erosion, promoting nutrient uptake and providing a home for juvenile species.  

  

 

Team Glaucus Atlanticus

Research project: Aquaponics

 

Captain: Makayla Quibodeaux

Piper Dunn

Andrew Manley

Dawson Tate

Jackson Travis

 

 

This year, Team Glaucus´s team research project is Aquaponics. Our objective is to assess if utilizing fish waste instead of ordinary soil improves the flavor, growth rate, and overall appearance of the plants we produce; strawberries, kale, and mint leaves will be planted. Koi Fish waste shall provide nutrients for the plants and there will be a constant exchange of water and nutrients between the plants and the fish.

 

 

 

 

Team Shark Fin

Research project: Lionfish

 

Captain: Lindsey Wilbur

Emma Wilmoth

Micah Eckard

Matthew Quadrini

Hayden Lett

 

Team Shark Fin´s research project is “Lionfish Feeding Preference”. Lionfish are native to coral reefs in the tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, but are an invasive species to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast as far north as North Carolina.  This multi-year project seeks to determine the niche of the invasive lionfish. We would like to ascertain the feeding preference of the lionfish. To accomplish that we are going to investigate the gut contents and perform DNA analysis on the stomach contents to see what these fish are eating out in the wild!  

 

Team Wave

Research project: Microplatics 

 

Captain: Collin Andrew

Leah King

Tobi White

Logan Haymon

 

Team Wave is taking over a multi year microplastics project. Microplastics are the result of broken down plastic waste. Plastics never degrade fully in the environment. Species can ingest microplastics causing a negative impact on them. The main goal of this project is ascertain the amount of microplastics through seasonal changes in Perdido Bay.