This page features short blogs with news from Bahamas Marine EcoCentre! Keep up to date regarding our education, research and art activities, the Darby Island Research Station, media stories, and other topics of interest.

Research in Hamelin Pool, October 2017

In October, BME Research Fellow Amanda Oehlert traveled to western Australia to conduct fieldwork in Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, with colleagues Dr. Erica Suosaari (Bush Heritage) and Cat Cushenan (University of Algarve). During this productive field season, Amanda and...

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Science at Darby Island Research Station, June 2017

  June was a busy month at the research station, with scientists John Stolz (Duquesne), Amanda Oehlert (RSMAS), Al Piggot (Gulliver), Julie Bartley and Sarah Bruihle (Gustavus Adolphus) and Ashley Murphy (Rutgers). Focusing on microscopy of salt ponds, geochemistry of...

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Hurricane repairs- March 2017

  In March, we were able to complete some much-needed repairs. The Dock House, which was sand-blasted by Hurricane Matthew in Oct 2016, was painted, outside stairs were stabilized, and a new porch floor was added. A new low flush toilet was also a welcomed addition....

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Hurricane Matthew pummels the Exuma Cays, October 2016

On Oct 5 - 6, 2016 Hurricane Matthew continued a northward path from Cuba and Hispanoila straight up the Exuma chain. Leaving Cuba as a Cat 3 storm, Matthew gradually strengthened to a Cat 4 by the time it reached Nassau.  Great Exuma and the Exuma Cays were in the...

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High productivity in December 2015-January 2016!

December and January were busy months at the Research Station. Noah Planavsky and Lidya Tarhan (Yale University) and Jamie Foster (University of Florida) brain stormed future proposals, sampled for isotope analyses, and worked long hours doing road maintenance—thanks...

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Anaconda salt pond becomes anoxic, spring 2015!

Anaconda is the large salt pond on the south end of Little Darby Island. It has organic rich sediments with abundant precipitation of calcium carbonate. The mats are typically very firm, with surface caramel layer of exopolymeric substances (EPS), underlain by green...

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Solar electric added to Dock House, March 2013

A monumental improvement to Dock House infrastructure resulted from the addition of a solar electric system. We no longer need to run the diesel generator to power the Dock House or the lab. New batteries in the Dock House and the lab, built by Simpler Solar, and the...

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Dock House gets restored, January 2012

The Dock House gets much needed restoration in January 2012 to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in August 2011! A new roof, new porch, gutters, paint!! Thanks to Forest Magargel and the McKenzies for a job well done!   [button...

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Hurricane Irene slams Little Darby Island, August 2011

Little Darby Island was in the path of Hurricane Irene, which passed to the east of the island in August 2011. Most of the buildings on the island had little damage, but the Dock House lost its roof and front screened porch. Water water everywhere… interior walls...

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A new dock and upgrade to the lab solar system, June 2010

A much needed dinghy dock was built by Wendall Mckenzie and family in early June. The main Darby dock is very high and not suitable for loading and unloading from small boats.. the new dock is magnificent! Thanks Wendall Then in late June, the solar system in the lab...

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Science camp is held at Farmers Cay, August 2009

Introducing marine science to Bahamian youth is a passion for Nikita Shiel Rolle, who started the Young Bahamian Marine Scientist program as part of The Danguillecourt Project (since renamed Bahamas Marine EcoCentre). In August 2009, Nikita organized educational...

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