Anti-Fouling Results

Half of the 2017 iBARGE fouling panels were coated with a copper-free anti-fouling paintĀ (Pettit Ultima Eco Black), and they were very successful at deterring growth. Even after the paint was scratched by repeated scraping by our volunteers, most sites had little to no growth on these panels. The example below from Georgia is representative of…

iBARGE 2017 Results

The results are in, and the 2017 iBARGE participants photographed at least 38 species, 47% of which were invasive species. Volunteers took a total of 1200 photos! The overall results are shown in the table below. Summary data for each site are below the table. NY Summary Middletown NJ Summary Cape May NJ Summary DE…

iBARGE August 2017

Many of the Summer 2017 iBARGE participants have continued taking and uploading photos for over 3 months now! This not only shows quite a commitment from the teachers and students who are involved, but also gives us a great deal of data about the fouling species growing on these panels. As you will notice, the…

iBARGE June Photos!

Photos are rolling in from volunteers at most of the sites for the summer 2017 iBARGE program! I thought I would give an update and show what some of the photos look like from sites around the country. Our sites in California, England, and the south-central east coast of the US have the most growth,…

iBARGE 2017!

The iBARGE program is ramping up for sampling in summer 2017, with a few exciting additions to our program. First of all, we will be expanding into the southeastern US, which will give us sites in almost every state along the Atlantic Ocean and will allow us to examine temperature-dependent patterns over a large scale….

Crab and Snail Project

Will snails be able to defend themselves from predators like crabs in future ocean conditions? Ocean acidification makes it harder for many marine animals to produce shells, which are what they use for defense from predators. I am working on a fun project related to this at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. You can…

New iBARGE Scientific Publications!

Three recent scientific journal articles have been published using data collected by all involved students and teachers in the iBARGE program! One described the experimental collaboration process from the perspective of the scientists (Josh Lord and Brielle Dalvano), the teachers (Gian Grant), and two of the high school students (Diana Palma, Nicholas Negrete) and was…

Photos from 2015 sites

The folks who participated in the iBARGE program in 2015 took and uploaded over 1000 photos of fouling communities all over the world, from the US, Canada, UK, Spain, and New Zealand. There are quite a few similarities in species between sites, as a few species were found at almost every site! I’ve posted representative…

iBARGE Expansion Summer 2015

I haveĀ received funding to expand the iBARGE program to up to 50 sites (from 9) for summer 2015. A student research assistant and I are currently recruiting volunteers at sites in 7+ countries around the world that share the same pool of invasive species. We urge any students or teachers who would like to be…

Last Summer Photos from Maine, USA

With summer programs ending, the iBARGE branch in Harpswell, Maine, USA, sent in their final photos of the summer. Late recruitment this year because of a cold winter, but by the end of the summer, many species of hydroids, tunicates, and bryozoans covered panels like the one below.