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barbgo@rsmas.miami.edu
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Spiny Lobster Post-Larvae

Caption: In a new study of spiny lobsters, Ph.D. candidate Andrew Kough and Dr. Claire Paris of the Biophysical Interactions Lab at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, in collaboration with Dr. Mark Butler from Old Dominion University, studied the larval dispersal of this species in the Caribbean. The goal of the study was to describe the sources, sinks, and routes connecting the Caribbean spiny lobster metapopulation. The results led the team to propose marine resource management strategies that incorporate larval connectivity and "larval lobster credits" to sustain and rebuild exploited marine populations. The study appears in the June 2013 issue of PLOS ONE.

Credit: Andrew Kough

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