Current Projects

LONG-TERM OYSTER MONITORING

We are assessing the growth and long-term survival of oyster spat in the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon by utilizing newly developed concrete spat modules mounted to PVC “trees”. This study will provide insight into the differences in growth and mortality rates among oyster spat related to ecological stressors.

oyster tree
overhead
close up
Plastic Free Alternatives for Oyster Restoration

We are currently developing and testing plastic-free oyster reef restoration modules. These modules are designed to be deployable by citizen scientists and will provide a substrate for oyster settlement without introducing plastics into our waterways.

oyster blocks
on the dock
building blocks
Jensen Beach Impoundment Recovery

We are monitoring hydrology, water quality, vegetation and the resulting effects on ecosystem services along a gradient of mangrove stress in the Jensen Beach Impoundment. These results will help guide future mangrove restoration projects in the area.

impound 1
impound 2
impound 3
Seagrass-Clam INTERACTIONS

We are researching the impact that hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) have on the growth of Shoal Grass (Halodule wrightii) in mesocosm and field experiments. These results will help to improve seagrass and hard clam restoration in the Indian River Lagoon.

clam lotto
seagrass tanks
in the water
SARGASSUM – MANGROVE INTERACTIONS

We are documenting the effects of nutrient enrichment from decaying Sargassum on mangrove growth. This work will provide insight into the implications of Sargassum proliferation on coastal ecosystems.

baby mangroves
mangroves
seaweed
LIVING DOCKS AND OYSTER GARDENING

We are researching the benthic communities that recruit to our Living Docks. We are interested in understanding how they change spatially and temporally, how the presence of oyster gardening changes these communities, and the impact that these communities have on water quality.

oyster docks
oyster bag
oyster insides