Strange But True: Shellfish Love Sweets Too!

August 17, 2019 –  Strange But True: Shellfish Love Sweets Too!

Emmanuelle Pales Espinosa, Stony Brook University. Everybody love sweets so do oysters, clams and mussels. Join us as we meet with a local scientist to learn how these organisms feed but also how they select their food from a complex plankton mix with no eyes, no hands, no nose and no taste buds. Meet us from noon to 3pm on August 17th.

Crazy scallop (Phoro credit E.Pales Espinosa)

A heart-to-heart with clams and crabs

May 18, 2019 – A heart-to-heart with clams and crabs

Nils Volkenborn, Stony Brook University. Meet with local scientist from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at StonyBrook and watch the heartbeat of hard-shelled animals in real-time and learn why and how scientists use heartbeat rate measurements to study their life in the coastal ocean. Do not miss the great show.


Infrared and Hall Effect sensors glued on the shell of a scallop for simultaneous measurements of heartbeat rates and valve gaping. (Photo credit: Nils Volkenborn,  visit Nils website for more information

Can Seagrasses Help With Ocean Acidification?

April 20, 2019 – Ocean Acidification: Seagrasses; A Last Hope
Alysson Lowell, Stony Brook University. Ocean acidification is further exacerbated by coastal influences like nutrient loading and runoff. The result is an environment more vulnerable and more intense for coastal marine organisms. Both low oxygen and high acidity combine to generate organisms more physiologically stressed than their open ocean counterparts. Seagrasses may provide a refuge for marine organisms in this highly dynamic and changing world. Highly productive producing oxygen rich and comparatively more basic environments, seagrasses are more attuned to the changing oceans than many of their macrophytic counterparts.


Eelgrass (Zostera marina) in Great South Bay. Photo from

Shellfish Farming on Long Island- From eggs to littlenecks- how clams are grown for food and restocking Long Island waters.

March 30, 2019

Gregg Rivara, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY.

Gregg showed baby clams and oysters, their parents and the food they eat. He explained Long Island aquarium visitors the importance of shellfish not only for aquaculture but also for the environment.  Everybody enjoyed!