Cryptic amphibians and abundant crustaceans

What do lobsters and hellbenders have in common? Aside from their mutual inhabitance of watery environs, they’re both the subject of some really cool research, covered recently by me.

First, for Nautilus, on the use of Environmental DNA to track hellbenders and other aquatic critters…

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…and then, for Modern Farmer, on the role of herring bait in enhancing Gulf of Maine lobster populations, and whether that fishery is in for a hard fall.

Enjoy (and a huge thanks to the scientists who shared their work with me)!

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