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NOAA Grant opportunity: Regional Vulnerability Assessments for Ocean Acidification (RVA-OA17)

Application deadline: 13 January 2017 Description: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/OAR/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is soliciting proposals for collaborative projects of up to 2 years in duration that synthesize ocean acidification information at a regional scale (e.g. Show More Summary

DMC, Bigelow study: Rising ocean temperatures threaten baby lobsters

If water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rise a few degrees by end of the century, it could mean trouble for lobsters and the industry they support. That’s according to newly published research conducted at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The research is the only published […]

The role of coccolithophore calcification in bioengineering their environment

Coccolithophorids are enigmatic plankton that produce calcium carbonate coccoliths, which over geological time have buried atmospheric CO2 into limestone, changing both the atmosphere and geology of the Earth. However, the role of coccoliths...Show More Summary

crozet-clans: Killer in the Mist (2009) by...

crozet-clans: Killer in the Mist (2009) by Stefano  Unterthiner “The picture was taken in a torrential rainstorm on Possession Island in the sub-Antarctic Crozet Archipelago. A killer whale family was hunting king penguins and southern...Show More Summary

Our current Kelp Forest-cast? Cloudy with a 100% chance of...

Our current Kelp Forest-cast? Cloudy with a 100% chance of dinoflagellates! A non-toxic bloom of Akashiwo sanguinae phytoplankton is coursing through the Monterey Bay’s kelp forests—including our own! The Aquarium is run on an open-seawater system, making our Kelp Forest exhibit a literal extension of the bay. Show More Summary

Greetings from the newest addition to our Tentacles exhibit—a...

Greetings from the newest addition to our Tentacles exhibit—a cadre of juvenile stumpy-spined cuttlefish! These youngsters will grow into small but mighty hunters that blend in with their environment to ambush prey. The “stumpies”—like most cuttlefish on exhibit—are cultivated right here at the Aquarium, reducing the need to collect in the wild.

Reminder: Deadline approaching for abstract submission – The 3rd Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences (XMAS), 9-11 January 2017, Xiamen, China

The abstract submission deadline is 14 October 14 2016! The ocean system is undergoing rapid and dramatic changes in response to global climatic and regional anthropogenic forcings. These drivers, including primarily temperature rise,...Show More Summary

Differential protein expression using proteomics from a crustacean brine shrimp (Artemia sinica) under CO2-driven seawater acidification

Gradually increasing atmospheric CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) has caused an imbalance in carbonate chemistry and resulted in decreased seawater pH in marine ecosystems, termed seawater acidification. Anthropogenic seawater acidification is postulated to affect the physiology of many marine calcifying organisms. Show More Summary

Effects of ocean acidification increase embryonic sensitivity to thermal extremes in Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua

Thermal tolerance windows serve as a powerful tool for estimating the vulnerability of marine species and their life-stages to increasing temperature means and extremes. However, it remains uncertain to which extent additional drivers, such as ocean acidification, modify organismal responses to temperature. Show More Summary

Can a lawsuit against the EPA help solve ocean acidification? (text & audio)

Thirty percent of the carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere is actually absorbed by the Earth’s oceans, spurring a chemical reaction that makes the seawater more acidic. And while changes in seawater pH can be harmful to many types of marine life, scientists are especially concerned about organisms like shellfish and coral, whose calcium […]

Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: Western states fight ocean acidification

More than 70 percent of earth’s surface consists of water. Nearly all is ocean, our planet’s largest habitat, a primary highway for the world economy, a source of food and half our oxygen that’s produced from plant life. The ocean also absorbs excess carbon resulting from climate change. But through the years, its capacity to […]

Zimmerman column: Ocean acidification – the other CO2 problem

Human activity recently sent the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere beyond 400 ppm for the first time in more than 4 million years. This threshold may be a point-of-no-return with dire consequences for climate warming. However, CO2 is not just a greenhouse gas. Nearly half the human-released CO2 is absorbed by the oceans, slowing […]

noaasanctuaries: This giant kelp was photographed in Channel...

noaasanctuaries: This giant kelp was photographed in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, but giant kelp is found all the way from southeast Alaska to Baja California, and also in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Tasmania and New Zealand! This macroalga grows to about 30 meters in height, though can grow to more than 50 meters in ideal conditions. Show More Summary

The noble nautilus has a knack for navigating at night—a superb...

The noble nautilus has a knack for navigating at night—a superb sense of smell serves this seafarer well as the only cephalopod still surviving with a shell. Great news for nautiluses! CITES voted to regulate international chambered nautilus trade, giving them some much needed protection. Show More Summary

9-25-16 Humpback and Orcas On the Hydrophones at the Same Time

Sunday, September 25th...they woke me up in the middle of the night - 2:37 a.m. very faint calls but they were there...the whales had been gone for for two days and they were back!......while listening, a humpback came into the 'picture'......the...Show More Summary

9-22-16 A Little ID Practice

Thursday, September began with some morning whales...far from shore, spread out and here's some ID 'work' for you...many people ask how you can tell who is who from such a distance (sometimes) and sometimes...Show More Summary

Happy World Octopus Day! The giant Pacific octopus explores its world using touch and smell,...

Happy World Octopus Day! The giant Pacific octopus explores its world using touch and smell, thanks to the thousands of chemical receptors and millions of texture receptors that line the rims of its suckers.

The purple-striped jelly is a stunner, in more ways than one....

The purple-striped jelly is a stunner, in more ways than one. But not all sea life is sensitive to its sting—mola molas have been seen eating these jellies in the bay! Thank you to staffer Jim Perdue for the photo!

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