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Support GTM Research Reserve by Shopping at AmazonSmile.

Did you know you can help support the causes you love, just by shopping? Just in time for the holiday season, you can help raise funds for the stewardship and research programs at GTM Research Reserve when shopping for your loved ones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates a portion of the purchase price to your selected [...]

December 7th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Support GTM Research Reserve by Shopping at AmazonSmile.

NERRds on the Water Research Blog

Did you know our research scientists here at GTM Research Reserve have their own blog? The NERRds, as they affectionately call themselves, want to share information about their research and why it is important. Their blog is informative, accessible, and above all, fun! Check out this recent article on oysters and you'll be hooked! For [...]

November 22nd, 2016|News|Comments Off on NERRds on the Water Research Blog

“Pangolins: The Armored Ambassadors” Lecture at GTM Marineland!

"Pangolins: The Armored Ambassadors" was the theme at yesterday's GTM Research Reserve lecture, in collaboration with Marineland Dolphin Adventure. GTM Education Coordinator Kenneth Rainer spoke about this unique small arboreal, nocturnal mammal. Rainer introduced "Scar," a white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis), to the audience. To view the lecture, click here. There are eight species of pangolins distributed between Asia [...]

October 19th, 2016|News|Comments Off on “Pangolins: The Armored Ambassadors” Lecture at GTM Marineland!

National Geographic Films Sea Turtle Emergence at GTM!

A National Geographic WILD film crew visited our beaches last week to capture a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest emergence on camera. After five days of braving thunderstorms and pulling all-nighters, the crew was finally successful on their last night. Early Sunday morning, they recorded a partial nest emergence of 12-16 hatchlings. "Just goes to show that persistence [...]

September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Geographic Films Sea Turtle Emergence at GTM!

ADOPT-A-NEST AT OCEANWISE!

Adopt-a-Nest at this Saturday's OceanWise gala event! If you're a turtle lover, and who isn't, you might want to think about becoming a proud turtle parent! Supporting the Reserve's Adopt-a-Nest program helps sponsor the research on marine turtles, while learning about their behavior and nest success. Your generous donation will help fund: Ongoing research on nesting [...]

September 20th, 2016|News|Comments Off on ADOPT-A-NEST AT OCEANWISE!

Sea Turtles: OceanWise Keynote!

Sea turtles will be the focus at OceanWise. Catherine (Cat) Eastman, sea turtle program coordinator at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Sea Turtle Hospital will be this year's keynote speaker. She has been working with sea turtles in Florida since 1998. Growing up on the Atlantic Coast, Cat has always had a love for the [...]

September 9th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on Sea Turtles: OceanWise Keynote!

OceanWise and Stewardship!

OceanWise helps support stewardship of the GTM Research Reserve's landscape. Shoreline erosion along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway has been identified as an ongoing issue within the Reserve. Storm surges and increased waves due to boat wakes threaten the stability of the shorelines and the edges of the marsh. In response to these threats, [...]

September 7th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on OceanWise and Stewardship!

September is Microplastic Awareness Month!

Overall Microplastic (GTM Research Reserve) Create bar charts The GTM Research Reserve joined the Florida Microplastics Awareness Project in 2015! Since joining, our researchers and volunteers have collected monthly water samples from 14 locations, filtered the samples, and collected data on the different types and amounts of microplastics within our waters. Our researchers and volunteers [...]

September 1st, 2016|Education, Research|Comments Off on September is Microplastic Awareness Month!

OceanWise and Sustainable Seafood

OceanWise and sustainable seafood dishes make a winning combination for an enjoyable evening at GTM Research Reserve's Environmental Education Center in Ponte Vedra Beach on Saturday, Sept. 24. This event takes place on the shores of the Guana River where guests will enjoy food, beverages, music, a silent auction and a breathtaking sunset! Friends of the GTM Reserve [...]

August 26th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on OceanWise and Sustainable Seafood

Weird Animal Wednesday

GTM researchers found this rare burrowing mussel on an oyster reef. It's commonly known as mahogany date mussel, Lithophaga bisulcata. The fossil record dating back to the Paleozoic indicates that mussels in the genus Lithophaga have long been associated with reef building corals (Scott 1988b). The mahogany date mussel attaches to the substrate and its congeners with bissal [...]

August 17th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday