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A day in the life of a horseshoe crab biologist

Written on: June 4th, 2013 in ResearchSt. Jones Reserve

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a horseshoe crab biologist? Well, I have the wonderful opportunity to be one!   A typical day begins at 8 am loading equipment at the St. Jones Reserve to a chorus of chirping birds and tree frogs.  What does a horseshoe crab biologist use?  We […]

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Movie stars at the St. Jones Reserve

Written on: November 9th, 2012 in NERRResearchSt Jones Events and ProgramsSt. Jones Reserve

Did you see the movie stars at the St. Jones Reserve this past Saturday?  They attended the premiere of the new St. Jones River video entitled The Price of Progress…The Promise of Protection in which they starred.  The 20-minute video explored the St. Jones River through time. The river is both rich in natural history […]

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Shhh…there is a secret in the marsh!

Written on: June 13th, 2012 in ResearchSt. Jones Reserve

When I was approached by one of our researchers to assist with the Secretive Marsh Bird survey I had to ask, “Are we secretive or are the birds secretive?”   I know you were thinking the same thing.   I was quickly informed that the birds are the ones who are secretive.  They include birds such as […]

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Scientist Log #6: You are never too old to play in the mud!

Written on: May 10th, 2012 in NERRResearchSt. Jones Reserve

Have you ever wondered what the marsh was like many years ago? Probably not, but we (scientists) have a way of determining how much sediment has been collected on the marsh surface over long periods of time (also known as accretion). Recently, we collected three sediment cores within the St. Jones Reserve as part of […]

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Graduate Research Fellow Conducts Sediment Research

Written on: April 24th, 2012 in Research

Understanding coastal marsh development is an important part of determining their future. Brandon Boyd, a University of Delaware graduate student,  has been conducting research on Delaware’s coastal marshes – from saltmarshes near the bay mouth to tidal fresh farther up river. In conjunction with his advisor, Dr. Christopher K. Sommerfield, Brandon is studying sediment cores to […]

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