Sunday, 13 January 2002
The invasion of the comb jellies - a collaborative research project employing physical oceanography lessons learned from the Maury Project.
An eighth grade science class in Newport, Rhode Island is collaborating with Dr. Barbara Sullivan-Watts, a Marine Research Scientist at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island to help determine the extent of the comb jelly, Mnemiopsis leidyi. M. leidyi is predatory on local fish larvae and may be having an impact on local fisheries. Students are monitoring a site on Narragansett Bay by collecting and counting the comb jellies as well as tracking local meterological and oceanographic data. M.leidyi are temperature sensitive and have been found in the Bay earlier in warmer years. The data collected by the students will be used to supplement the information collected by Dr. Sullivan-Watts.