Marine animals caught during the Spring 2015 trawling cruise near the Chandeleur Islands. Atlantic Bumper dominated this haul but Lined Sea Stars were also caught as well as a Lesser Electric Ray (bottom center). (Photo courtesy of ACER)

Understanding Coastal Ecosystems Response to Environmental Stress

ACER investigates biodiversity’s role in oil spill recovery – Disturbances to coastal environments, such as storms and pollution, cause great concern as these areas are typically heavily populated, are home to important industries, and provide critical ecosystem services. Ecologists have debated coastal ecosystems response to disturbances for decades.

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