What’s for Dinner in an Acidified Ocean?

June 21, 2018 

Caroline Schwaner, Teresa Schwemmer, Stony Brook University.

Though we may not feel ocean acidification just by swimming in the ocean, it will affect many of the plants and animals living in the water full time. Find out how the shellfish and fish you like to eat may be harder to find as the ocean continues to be more acidic, and how marine plants such as seagrass could help relieve some of the stress on our marine ecosystems around Long Island.

 

photo credit: https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/What+is+Ocean+Acidification%3F

Happy as a fiddler crab

What a wonderful Saturday afternoon  with Pr. Levinton and his little friends with carapace! Children and their family enjoyed holding Fiddler Crabs and learning about their biology.

Jeffrey Levinton

June 23, 2018 – Fiddler Crabs: Lovers and Fighters of the Marshes.

Jeffrey Levinton, Stony Brook University.

Fiddler crabs are found all over quiet beaches and salt marshes of Long Island. They may be small but males have a giant claw, used for signaling to attract females and to fight off competing males and predators such as raccoons and birds. They guard their hole and can dash to safety by means of their astounding vision. They also help salt marsh plants to grow and can move in herds of tens of thousands. Meet with a local Marine Biologist and learn exciting facts about this sea creature.

 

File:Fiddler Crabs at Indian River Lagoon - Flickr - Andrea Westmoreland.jpg

Photo credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fiddler_Crabs_at_Indian_River_Lagoon_-_Flickr_-_Andrea_Westmoreland.jpg

Worms and Mud!

Fantastic Saturday at LI Aquarium in the great company of Dr. Rober Aller from Stony Brook University. 

Worms’ World: nutrient cycling in marine muds

Mai 19, 2018 – Worms’ World: nutrient cycling in marine muds.

Robert Aller, Stony Brook University.

Most gardeners know that earthworms and beneficial insects are critically important for a fertile soil and healthy crops.  Far fewer people appreciate that worms, clams, and other mud-dwelling animals play a similar role for coastal marine ecosystems. Along with a local Scientist, we will examine how animals living in muds promote nutrient recycling, fertilize phytoplankton, and clean-up coastal waters.

Lugworm castPhoto credit : Original photo taken by Nick Veitch on Ballyholme Beach, Bangor, Co.Down, N.Ireland.

Got Seagrass?

April 21, 2018 – Got Seagrass?

Soren Dahl, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Long Island has seagrass in its waters, but it needs help. On Saturday April 21, Dr. Soren Dahl,  a Marine Biologist that works with New York’s Marine Resources, at the Department of Environmental Conservation help Long Island Aquarium visitors understand why local seagrass are important, how we benefit from this habitat, and some conservation initiatives.

How to Protect Our Cities From Future Storms?

For St Patrick’ day, Long Island Aquarium visitors learnt more about the different projects to protect NY city from another superstorm Sandy.

Protecting the East Coast from Future Storms

March 17, 2018 – Protecting the East Coast from Future Storms.

Malcolm Bowman, Stony Brook University.

As climate change brings higher temperatures and more violent storms, flooding in parts of New York City and Long Island area could become as routine as the heavy snows of this winter. Meet with a local oceanography professor and learn how sea level rise could turn NYC into Venice.

Shellfish!

Another great day at the Aquarium with Dr. Allam. Visitors had the chance to observe parasites invading shellfish.  Sounds scary!

Life and death under the sea

February 17, 2018  Bassem Allam, Stony Brook University.

Parasites are cool! Parasitism is the most common “way of life” on earth and infectious diseases cause devastating losses in human and animal lives. Join us to learn about some of the most important diseases that impact local shellfish species and how these animals defend themselves against infections.

 

Photo credit: Joe Ryder

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