On the Air: July 27, 2014
Cross section of an otolith. Credit: Dr. Bryan Black, University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Southern flounder that live along the Texas coast move around a bit – they’re “marine migrants” that relocate to find the best living conditions – defying the expectations of marine biologists.

In Print: July 1, 2014
Salt marsh in Redfish Bay, Texas. Credit: Charles Foster, University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

When we think of a pristine shoreline, we don’t usually picture man-made structures in the scene, but jetties and retaining walls are common sights along many waterways. Waves that continually crash against the shore release energy that can erode waterfront property. Bulkheads, retaining walls, and revetments are designed to protect shorelines by minimizing erosion. Over time, however, these structures may actually increase erosion by altering nature’s ability to replenish sensitive coastal areas.