Station Renovation!

University of Florida purchased the Gulf Side Motel in July, 2015. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) began renovations to fit the needs of the Nature Coast Biological Station. In 2016 the two story building was demolished and construction began to build a three story facility with a wet lab, aquarium and office space. The other side of the motel will be renovated to include dorms and a meeting area for researchers.

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Before & After Photos:

NCBS Grand Opening Sept. 22nd, 2017

Events:

University of Florida’s effort to restore Cedar Key oysters

Dec 11, 2018

  Money for $6.8 million environmental project came from BP oil spill settlement CEDAR KEY — Here, on a barge a little more than a mile off of Shell Mound Campground, about 60 scientists, conservation officials, builders and oystermen gathered to celebrate a collaborative effort. They came by airboat and skiffs to witness the restoration […]

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Hurricane Michael, Seahorse Key Lighthouse Renovation, and Aquarium Updates

Oct 26, 2018

  From Director Mike Allen – We were very fortunate at NCBS to have minimal damage from Hurricane Michael. The NCBS site had about 2-3 feet of water, but our team had moved everything upstairs and we sustained no lasting damage. Our hearts go out to our colleagues in the Florida Panhandle, and we wish them the […]

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Seagrass research cages

Impacts from herbivore expansion and fertilization of northern Gulf turtlegrass communities

Oct 25, 2018

  Funding Source: NSF Division of Ocean Sciences Synopsis: Multiple stressors are currently impacting seagrass beds throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, with two stressors having high potential for interactive effects: herbivory and coastal nutrient additions. Nutrient loading to the coastal zone is considered one of the leading causes of seagrass decline worldwide, but […]

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Habitat Use and Production Estimates of Nekton in Turtlegrass

Oct 25, 2018

  Funding Source: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Synopsis: Seagrass is important habitat for a variety of marine and estuarine organisms, especially juveniles of commercially and recreationally important species. For this reason, seagrass is often considered a “nursery” for larger species, providing abundant food and refuge from predators while they are small. This project is […]

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Figure depicting natural and restored marshes in Louisiana (red polygons) that will be sampled as part of the food web research.

Effects of Hydrological Alterations on Coastal Food Webs

Oct 25, 2018

  Funding Source: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Synopsis: Estuaries are areas where the rivers meet the sea. Changes to quantity and quality of freshwater in coastal areas, therefore, can have a drastic impact on the ecology of our estuaries. A major focus of UF/IFAS NCBS research is to determine the impact of changes to […]

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Martin Lab researchers

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacts on Estuarine Flora and Fauna

Oct 25, 2018

  Funding Source: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Synopsis: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was a disaster that impacted numerous lives, habitat, and economies along the northern Gulf Coast. As a a member of two Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GOMRI) funded consortia (Coastal Waters Consortium and Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience), I investigated […]

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Researchers placing plants.

Submerged Vegetation Restoration – St. Johns River

Oct 25, 2018

    Funding Source: St. Johns River Water Management District Synopsis: Working with Laura Reynolds (UF Soil and Water Science) and Carrie Adams (UF Environmental Horticulture), we are developing new approaches to submerged vegetation restoration, testing these approaches, and using biodiversity hypotheses to restore vegetation and their ecological functions (such as fish habitat use) in […]

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Spawning Habitat and Early-life Linkages to Fisheries

Oct 16, 2018

  Principal Investigator:  Ernst Peebles, University of South Florida Co-Investigators:          Mya Breitbart, University of South Florida; Steven Murawski, University of South Florida; Christopher Stallings, University of South Florida; Kevin Boswell, Florida International University; James Locascio, Mote Marine Laboratory; Funding Source:           Florida Restore Act Centers of Excellence Program Duration:                      2016-2019   The Spawning Habitat and […]

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A caught redfish being held by Mike Allen.

Fisheries Management Research Chagaris Lab

Oct 16, 2018

  Evaluating Alternative Management Options in the Gulf of Mexico Private Recreational Fishery Principal Investigator:  David Chagaris Co-Investigators:          Mike Allen and Ed Camp, University of Florida Funding Source:           The Pew Charitable Trusts Duration:                       2016-2018   Seasonal closures are commonly used in recreational and commercial fisheries but they may be less effective when […]

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Atlantic Menhaden

Ecosystem-based Management of Atlantic Menhaden

Oct 16, 2018

  Advancing Ecological Reference Points and Advancing Ecosystem-based Management of Atlantic Menhaden Principal Investigator:  Andre Buchheister, Humbolt State University Co-Investigators:          Thomas J. Miller, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Ed Houde, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Amy Schueller, NOAA Fisheries Beaufort Funding Source:           Lenfest Ocean Program Duration:                      2018-2020   Atlantic menhaden are an important prey species for several marine […]

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Lionfish Harvest Gear

Deepwater Trapping to Remove Invasive Lionfish from Florida’s Gulf of Mexico Mesophotic Reefs

Oct 16, 2018

  Principal Investigator:  William Patterson, University of Florida Co-Investigators:          David Chagaris and Rob Ahrens, University of Florida Funding Source:           Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Duration:                      2018-2019 Lionfish trapping has been proposed as a means to remove lionfish biomass from mesophotic reefs, as well as from protected ecosystems. Spiny lobster fishermen in the Florida […]

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Lionfish Diet

Evaluating Impacts and Management of Invasive Lionfish

Oct 16, 2018

  An Ecosystem-based Approach to Evaluating Impacts and Management of Invasive Lionfish Principal Investigator:  Mike Allen, University of Florida Co-Investigators:          David Chagaris and Will Patterson, University of Florida Funding Source:           Florida Restore Act Centers of Excellence Program Duration:                      2015-2018   Predation by invasive lionfish poses a threat to native reef fish communities and may […]

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