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Attack of the Zombie Crabs
Amy Fowler (George Mason University)
There’s a parasite inhabiting the bodies of crabs, and making them infertile. Amy Fowler says that if that parasite entered the Chesapeake Bay, 90% of our crabs would be inedible. America is littered with battlefields, and abandoned forts. They’re often some of the most pristine sites of Virginia ecosystems.
Landscapes of War
Todd Lookingbill (University of Richmond)
Todd Lookingbill is a SCHEV winner for his research on the ecological value of battlefields.
Matthias Leiu (William & Mary)
Deer enjoy forest edges. They’re away from the predators in the heart of the forest, and there’s less competition for food. But Matthias Leiu says that the lone star ticks love the forest edge, too.
The Great Barrier No More
Nastassja Lewinski and Liza Rogers (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Scientists first noticed coral reefs disappearing in the late nineties. Now, it’s getting worse as underwater temperatures continue to rise. Nastassja Lewinski and Liza Rogers are busy testing developing solutions to coral bleaching.
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