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Kīlauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom off Hawai‘i Island

September 12, 2019

When Kīlauea Volcano erupted in 2018, it injected millions of cubic feet of molten lava into the nutrient-poor…
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…
Team creates first high-resolution global map of surface ocean phosphate

August 29, 2019

An international team of Earth system scientists and oceanographers has created the first high-resolution global map of surface…
Fewer fish may reach breeding age as climate change skews timing of reproduction, food availability

July 25, 2019

Climate change may be depriving juvenile fish of their most crucial early food source by throwing off the…
Landmark Study Pinpoints the Cause of Coral Reef Decline

July 16, 2019

Coral reefs are widely considered to be the most endangered – and the most rapidly declining – ecosystems…
Deep-ocean vents fuel massive phytoplankton blooms

June 14, 2019

Researchers at Stanford University have found an aquatic highway that releases nutrients from within the Earth and ferries them up…
Stanford study shows how deep-ocean vents fuel massive phytoplankton blooms – and possible hotspots for carbon storage

June 7, 2019

A new study suggests vents in the seafloor may affect life near the ocean’s surface and the global…
Deep-ocean creatures living a “feast-or-famine” existence because of energy fluxes

April 30, 2019

Scientists for the first time have tracked how much energy from plants and animals at the surface of…
How phytoplankton survive in ocean gyres with low nutrient supplies

September 17, 2018

Subtropical gyres are huge, sustained currents spanning thousands of kilometers across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, where very…
Iowa State sophomore returns from summer on research vessel, atop active volcano

August 21, 2018

Tell the class what you did this summer. Chanel Vidal will have perhaps the best story – three…
Expedition Probes Ocean’s Smallest Organisms for Climate Answers

August 9, 2018

Satellite images of phytoplankton blooms on the surface of the ocean often dazzle with their diverse colors, shades…
NSF, NASA scientists explore ocean’s ‘twilight zone’ to uncover links between carbon and plankton

June 29, 2018

Equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, a team of scientists will set sail…
‘The eyes have it’- photoreceptors in marine plankton form a depth gauge to aid survival

June 28, 2018

The eyes of some marine-dwelling creatures have evolved to act like a “depth gauge”, allowing these creatures to…
NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

June 19, 2018

A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will…
Tiny microenvironments hold clues to ocean nitrogen cycle

April 24, 2018

Nitrogen is essential to marine life and cycles throughout the ocean in a delicately balanced system. Living organisms—especially…
New study finds nutrient mix makes phytoplankton thrive

November 6, 2017

An international research team, including the University of Liverpool, has found that the growth of phytoplankton over large…
Using data science to understand global climate systems

April 23, 2017

Climate scientists at the University of Rochester are using data science to understand what drives the global climate…
Space Laser Reveals Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Polar Ocean Plants

December 21, 2016

A new study using a NASA satellite instrument orbiting Earth has found that small, environmental changes in polar…
Researchers track effects of changing ocean temperature on phytoplankton

October 24, 2016

Changes in ocean temperature affect a key species of phytoplankton, according to scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic…
Gulf of Mexico Study Finds Microbes Thriving above Natural Oil Seeps

January 27, 2016

In the water above natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil and gas bubbles rise…
Scientists to study role of zinc in the open ocean

January 20, 2016

Ocean Scientists from the University’s School of Environmental Sciences have been awarded over £650k to better understand how…
Phytoplankton like it hot: Warming boosts biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton

December 22, 2015

The groundbreaking study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, was carried out over five years using artificially warmed…
Studying Microbes in the Sargasso Sea

December 16, 2015

A new initiative, supported by an anonymous $6 million grant, will foster collaborative research on the distinctive microbial…
Don’t forget plankton in climate change models, says study

November 27, 2015

Globally, phytoplankton absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to…
Researchers show ocean response to Red Dawn

September 18, 2015

The ‘Red Dawn’ dust storm which enveloped Sydney in 2009 left more than just a huge clean-up bill…
Ocean life triggers ice formation in clouds

September 14, 2015

Researchers have shown for the first time that phytoplankton (plant life) in remote ocean regions can contribute to…
Intensity of desert storms may affect ocean phytoplankton

August 27, 2015

Each spring, powerful dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China send thick clouds of particles…
Research spotlights a previously unknown microbial ‘drama’ playing in the Southern Ocean

July 28, 2015

A team of marine researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has discovered a three-way conflict raging…
Ocean acidification may cause dramatic changes to phytoplankton

July 21, 2015

Oceans have absorbed up to 30 percent of human-made carbon dioxide around the world, storing dissolved carbon for…
In Living Color

June 8, 2015

Over the last few days, the waters off the Santa Barbara coast have turned a striking shade of…
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