Tuesday, February 16, 2016

In a new study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of scientists led by Florida State University’s Dean Grubbs counters a widely cited 2007 study that found that the overfishing of large sharks had led to an explosion in the population of rays, which in turn had devoured bivalves, clams and scallops along the East Coast. Read the full study here.


Critical assessment and ramifications of a purported marine trophic cascade
R. Dean Grubbs, John K. Carlson, Jason G. Romine, Tobey H. Curtis, W. David McElroy, Camilla T. McCandless, Charles F. Cotton & John A. Musick
Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 20970 (2016)
doi:10.1038/srep20970
Published online: 15 February 2016