Dispatches E-News: Encouragement for Future Scientists, Saving the Wetlands & Grad Student Shelby Ziegler (03/22/18)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Encouraging Women in Science

Professor Samantha “Mandy” Joye (University of Georgia) shares how her personal journey to becoming a scientist—from a childhood passion for the ocean to the decision to forgo medical school for a Ph.D. program despite the absence of female faculty—has inspired her to encourage young women in the field.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Nancy Rabalais, Blue Crabs, and the Louisiana Wetlands

Professor Nancy Rabalais (LUMCON) and her team are studying the recovery of blue crab populations after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Louisiana wetlands are under constant threat from sea level rise to perpetual, residual oil in the marshes.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Grad Student Shelby Ziegler Compares Gulf and East Coast Ecosystems

Major disturbances such as oil spills can significantly affect populations of vulnerable saltmarsh species, which may result in greater impacts to the overall saltmarsh food web. Shelby Ziegler believes that a better understanding of what saltmarsh predator-prey interactions look like today can help identify changes in the food web following disturbances in the future.

“If we see a big die-off of a certain species after a major perturbation, we need to know what implications that will have moving up or down the food web,” said Shelby. “This research is vital for future generations to better understand and maintain saltmarsh populations and prepare for the effects of events like oil spills.” Shelby is an ecology Ph.D. student with the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a GoMRI Scholar with the Coastal Waters Consortium II (CWC II).

Photo courtesy of Lauren Clance.

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