When a new developer comes to town and starts aggressively building up the empty property around your home, you can get madâor you can move in. That’s what tiny crustaceans in the Georgia mudflats have done. Facing an invasive Japanese seaweed, they’ve discovered that it makes excellent shelter, protecting them from all kinds of threats. And where the crustaceans went, a whole ecosystem has followed.
Jeffrey Wright is an ecologist who studies invasive species at Australian Maritime College