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Ashley Elgin

Ashley Elgin

Those not familiar with the Great Lakes freshwater coasts may wonder how a seemingly endless supply of mussels could possibly be a bad thing. After all, saltwater mussels considered a delicacy by many, is a common item found on your favorite restaurant’s menu. Unfortunately, the freshwater dreissenid mussel is not only an unwelcomed item on the menu, but also in North America’s freshwater waterways. These invasive mussels have very few natural predators to limit their numbers, so their populations continue to grow and spread, wreaking havoc on the Great Lakes food web.

August 11, 2017 0 Comments
Simone Alin

Simone Alin

Ocean chemistry is changing faster right now than at any time over the past 50 million years. “We are fundamentally altering marine ecosystems,” says NOAA oceanographer Simone Alin, Ph.D. With her colleagues at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), Alin is responsible for monitoring the rapidly changing chemistry of seawater and understanding the ramifications for the world’s oceans, particularly the highly productive, fisheries-rich coastal waters off the west coast of North America. 

April 25, 2016 0 Comments
Overland, Jim

Overland, Jim

Research oceanographer Jim Overland, Ph.D., helps decision-makers understand the science behind climate change and Arctic ecosystems.
October 13, 2011 0 Comments
Mundy, Phil

Mundy, Phil

As director of the NOAA Auke Bay Laboratories in Juneau, Alaska, Phil Mundy is as passionate about his lab’s role in supporting stewardship of marine and coastal resources as he is about explaining the lab’s work to broader audiences.


May 11, 2011 0 Comments
O'Connell, Martin

O'Connell, Martin

For Sea Grant scientist Martin O'Connell, researching aquatic communities in Louisiana has taken on new urgency since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

April 11, 2011 0 Comments
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