It is 9:41 PM and I am completing a mandatory quarantine in a hotel room in Anchorage, Alaska. I have not left this room. Meals are brought to me and left outside the door, and aside from a few minutes of innocuous chit-chat during my twice-daily temperature checks, slivers of eye contact behind masks and plexiglass, I have not seen another human being. I am alone.
In part two of this three-part series, marine ecologist Emilie Stump reports on threats impacting seahorse habitats and populations in Biscayne National Park, focusing on land use, water quality and the commercial bait shrimp fishery.
Vulnerable coastal habitats such as seagrasses, coral reefs, and mangroves are important for many animals, including species listed as threatened at the state, national, or international level. Among these species of conservation concern are three seahorses, which I feature in this multimedia illustration. “The three seahorses of Biscayne National Park” showcases south Florida’s seahorses and their habitats.
Hi, I’m Emilie! I am a fisheries biologist, naturalist, and illustrator broadly interested in fishes and aquatic ecosystems. I hope to use this platform to share stories from the field, research ideas, and visual art inspired by things things I’ve learned in coastal waters, on shoreside walks, and on the high seas.