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For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics

5 days ago

Tiny microplastic particles are about as common in the ocean today as plastic is in our daily lives.…
Research provides new view of the critical role of plankton in marine carbon storage

September 30, 2019

The sea is Earth’s most formidable carbon dioxide storage machine, but mysteries abound about the interlocking processes and…
In the Seattle lab, the team cultured 36 species of marine microbes and then tested their ability to produce sulfonates. Each phytoplankton type has its own unique set of pigments that absorb and reflect different wavelengths of light, creating the range of colors in the test tubes. Image credit: Bryndan Durham/University of Washington
New study tracks sulfur-based metabolism in the open ocean

September 5, 2019

One of the planet’s most active ecosystems is one most people rarely encounter and scientists are only starting…
On the Front Lines of Climate Change

August 8, 2019

If the fight to get ahead of climate change was a battlefield, coral reefs would be on the…
Rockweed Rescue

August 8, 2019

Somewhat drab and unassuming, the humble rockweed’s olive-green or yellowish-brown appearance belies its importance in the rocky intertidal…
Studies reveal that environmental change may lower feeding success in cormorants and other species. Image credit: Dave Malmquist/VIMS
Study considers sensory impacts of environmental change on ocean species

August 6, 2019

Studies of how global environmental change is impacting marine organisms have long focused on physiological effects—for example, an…
Marine Census

July 24, 2019

They’re slipping on their wetsuits, charging their cameras and breaking out their seines — all for the good…
Study finds warming waters drove collapse of Mexico’s jumbo squid fishery

July 19, 2019

The culprit responsible for the decline of Mexico’s once lucrative jumbo squid fishery has remained a mystery, until…
Frog Protein May Mitigate Dangers Posed by Toxic Marine Microbes Fueled by Climate Change

June 20, 2019

A new study from UC San Francisco suggests that a protein found in the common bullfrog may one…
Scientists discover evolutionary link to modern-day echinoderms

May 7, 2019

Scientists at The Ohio State University have discovered a new species that lived more than 500 million years…
Sunscreen and cosmetics compound may harm coral by altering fatty acids

January 10, 2019

Although sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburns and skin cancer, some of its ingredients are not so beneficial…
Microplastics and Plastic Additives Discovered in Ascidians All Along Israel’s Coastline

January 4, 2019

A new Tel Aviv University study finds that microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic ingested by aquatic life — are…
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