The Essential Rhythm 8/28/22: Southern Sandy Beaches

Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

This episode recounts walking the sandy beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and seeing slipper shells (Crepidula fornicata) as the primary herbivore in the ecosystem. Slipper shells are sessile, leading to the question of where they find places to settle in a dynamic sandy environment.

About the host:
Sarah O’Malley is an ecologist, naturalist and science communicator passionate about deepening her listeners’ experiences with the natural world. She teaches biology and sustainability at Maine Maritime Academy and is currently collaborating on a guide book to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Maine.