Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
Wednesday, March 19 at 8 PM on WFSU-TV, catch the broadcast premiere of the new In the Grass, On the Reef documentary: Oyster Doctors.
Lately I’ve been preoccupied with wrapping up the National Science Foundation grant that funds a lot of what appears on this blog, and thinking about the future of the project. The last major piece of funded content is our latest documentary, Oyster Doctors, chronicling four years of research conducted by Dr. Randall Hughes and Dr. David Kimbro. On the one hand, the show is about learning how coastal ecosystems work. And it’s about how the inner workings of salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass beds provide people with jobs, clean water, and protection from erosion and storm surge. But it’s as much about the ecologists as it is about the ecology.
Randall and David, and their graduate students- Tanya Rogers, Hanna Garland, and Althea Moore– are people who get inspired to pursue a line of research. They get excited by an idea, like predators affecting prey more through fear than through their eating them. They get excited about places. David gets geeked out about predatory snails on Bay Mouth Bar. Hanna falls in love with Apalachicola and wants to figure out its oyster problem. Randall makes observations about things she sees in St. Joseph Bay marshes and it sets her on a path. In one case, that path led her to the video above. Continue reading