The Essential Rhythm 9/11/22: What lives on sand beaches?

Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

This episode introduces ‘interstitial space’, which is the space between grains of sand, as the primary habitat found on a sandy beach. This habitat is largely occupied by tiny animals known collectively as meiofauna, and they form an ecological connection between the macrofauna and microbial communities in benthic and beach environments.

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.