Learn how oyster culture affects the ecosystem services of estuarine habitats 6 p.m. Thursday during the next installment of the monthly, live-streamed video series, “Meet the Scientist.”
Dean Reide Corbett of Integrated Coastal Programs is interviewing Jim Morley, assistant scientist at Coastal Studies Institute and East Carolina University assistant professor in the department of biology, for the fourth installment of this series.
The programs, appropriate for all ages, will be live-streamed and available on the Coastal Studies Institute YouTube channel.
Morley researches how marine species are affected by changes to estuarine and ocean habitats that result from human activity.
During the interview, he will share his studies to determine how oyster culture affects the ecosystem services of estuarine habitats, particularly those in North Carolina.
Morley is a fisheries ecologist and conducts a mix of modeling and field or laboratory-based research. Ecological modeling studies often use long-term survey data to examine trends in species distribution and abundance, according to CSI. Such models can be used to determine key environmental factors that impact species., according to CSI. In the field, the Morley lab often combines traditional net and trap sampling approaches with modern technology, including sonar and acoustic tags.