|Scott Cowan - Invasions
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
As an intern
last summer, I participated in the National Fouling Survey being conducted
by the Marine Invasions Laboratory under Dr. Greg Ruiz.
The purpose of this project is to determine the extent of invasion
events throughout US coastal waters, and to establish a national database
of benthic invertebrates. This
database will act as a catalog of both native and invasive species, be
used to identify future invasion events, and to determine their ecological
personal project, I examined the role lunar periodicity plays in the
recruitment of benthic invertebrates in Willoughby Bay, Virginia.
My results suggest that environmental factors, such as water
temperature, may play a larger role than lunar/tidal influence in the
recruitment of several invertebrate species.
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