Inside that mysterious goo, oysters have a story »
By Keith Seinfeld
The oyster is more than a seafood favorite. It’s an ecological lynchpin in Puget Sound and on beaches around the world, so scientists are thankful the Pacific oyster is the latest creature to have its genetic code unveiled.
The shellfish has a lot going on inside.
“I’m just always totally amazed that what most people think of as a shell full of goo, when they open it up, has this very complex physiology, where they control reproductive process very similar to humans and mammals,” says Steven Roberts, a professor of fisheries at the University of Washington.
A drawback to the attention garnered by high-profile invasive species is the tendency to infer that every non-native species is bad news, the inverse assumption being that all native species must be ‘good’. While this storyline works well for Hollywood films and faerie tales, in ecology the truth is rarely that simple. A new review article that Julian Olden and colleagues at NOAA Fisheries co-authored in the September issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, describes the challenges and heartbreaks when native species run amok in the sense of having negative ecological impacts we typically associate with non-native species.Read more
Ice cream and the application of backscatter models.
J Acoust Soc Am. 2012 Sep;132(3):1882
Authors: Horne JK
I was invited to visit Clay and colleagues at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in October 1991. As an acoustics neophyte, I had lots of questions that Clay patiently took the time to answer while we ate ice cream at the Memorial Union.
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