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Perpetual predator-prey population cycles

December 19, 2019

How can predators coexist with their prey over long periods without the predators completely depleting the resource that…
Machine learning helps tame a sea of plankton species data

December 19, 2019

So many fossils, so little time — to train people to identify them. As scientists grapple with a…
Unevenly distributed plankton activity

November 18, 2019

An international research consortium with ETH participation demonstrates that marine plankton is more diverse in warm oceans than…
How Antarctic krill fertilise the oceans and even store carbon – all with their poo

October 22, 2019

Krill are best known as whale food. But few people realize that these small, shrimp-like creatures are also…
Tiny plankton slow to recover after dinosaur killing asteroid collision

September 30, 2019

A team of scientists have revealed that after the devastation caused by a mass extinction event on Earth…
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…
Research provides new insight into the critical roles of plankton in marine carbon storage

September 26, 2019

The sea is Earth’s most formidable carbon dioxide-storage machine, but mysteries still abound about the interlocking processes of…
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…
How predatory plankton created modern ecosystems after ‘Snowball Earth’

February 5, 2019

Around 635 to 720 million years ago, during Earth’s most severe glacial period, the Earth was twice almost…
Marine litter in the North Sea to be mapped

October 9, 2018

Not many people store old garbage. But for Bastian Huwer, a researcher at DTU Aqua, his collection of…
Key Biological Mechanism Is Disrupted by Ocean Acidification

March 15, 2018

A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and…
Global fisheries to be, on average, 20 percent less productive in 2300

March 12, 2018

In a study published in Science, UCI climatologists outline the results of computer simulations showing a world subjected to…
New study of plankton shells overturns decades-old understanding of their formation and chemistry

November 6, 2017

The results of new international research into tiny marine plankton will allow scientists to more precisely estimate past…
Virus reprogrammes ocean plankton

August 22, 2017

A virus which infects ocean plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients – potentially…
Ancient plankton-like microfossils span two continents

July 14, 2017

Large, robust, lens-shaped microfossils from the approximately 3.4 billion-year-old Kromberg Formation of the Kaapvaal craton in eastern South…
Krill hotspot fuels incredible biodiversity in Antarctic region

July 6, 2017

There are so many Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean that the combined mass of these tiny aquatic…
Improved understanding of a widely used ‘thermometer’ for Earth’s ancient oceans

June 17, 2017

Scientists have improved our ability to interpret one of the most common measures of the temperature of Earth’s…
Magnesium within plankton provides tool for taking the temperatures of past oceans

May 15, 2017

Scientists cannot travel into the past to take the Earth’s temperature so they use proxies to discern past…
Swarm of Underwater Robots Mimics Ocean Life

January 26, 2017

Underwater robots developed by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego offer…
Giant rays shown to be predators of the deep

November 30, 2016

Research revealing that giant manta rays are deep-sea predators is likely to be critical to efforts to protect…
Fate of marine carbon confirms importance of polar oceans

August 5, 2016

About the same amount of atmospheric carbon that goes into creating plants on land goes into the bodies…
Marine carbon sinking rates confirm importance of polar oceans

July 26, 2016

About the same amount of atmospheric carbon that goes into creating plants on land goes into the bodies…
For ancient deep-sea plankton, a long decline before extinction

July 19, 2016

A new study of nearly 22,000 fossils finds that ancient plankton communities began changing in important ways as…
Environmental impacts on species numbers

June 11, 2016

The number of species that can exist on Earth depends on how the environment changes, according to new…
Ocean bacteria are programmed to alter climate gases

May 18, 2016

SAR11, the most abundant plankton in the world’s oceans, are pumping out massive amounts of two sulfur gases…
Plankton faeces could move plastic pollution to the ocean depths

March 1, 2016

The study is further evidence of the widespread impact plastic pollution could have on the marine environment. Researchers…
Plankton communities key to carrying carbon to safe resting spot, ocean study reveals

February 11, 2016

The ocean’s power to rein in carbon and protect the environment is vast but not well-understood. But now,…
Living a “mixotrophic” lifestyle

February 2, 2016

How do you find your food? Most animal species, whether they rummage through a refrigerator or stalk prey…
Scientists discover shifts in climate-sensitive plankton over the past millennium

December 2, 2015

Past and current climate change has affected the food sources in the surface waters in the North Pacific…
NASA to Fly, Sail North to Study Plankton-Climate Change Connection

November 5, 2015

NASA begins a five-year study this month of the annual cycle of phytoplankton and the impact that small…
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