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Fun Flashback Friday Fact: The albatross was once commonly known...

Fun Flashback Friday Fact: The albatross was once commonly known as the “goonie bird.” Learn more about these birds and other marine life in Monterey Bay when #BigBlueLive hits your TV via PBS & BBC One. // © Monterey Bay Aquarium, photo by Randy Wilder

CaCO3 dissolution experiments in Paleocene-Eocene agglutinated benthic foraminifera from Zumaya (Basque-Cantabric Basin, Spain)

The largest extinction of deep-sea benthic foraminifera in the Cenozoic occurred during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum event (PETM, ~55.8 Ma). Much has been speculated about the causes of such extinction, and proposed mechanisms...Show More Summary

PhD opportunity: “Macroalgal Ecology: Grazing and Acidification (MEGA)”, Plymouth University, UK

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on 15 September 2015! Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship may start as early as 1 October 2015. Project description This project will address four question areas using a combination of home laboratory-based studies using field-collected algal material and in-situ experiments conducted at the […]

Ocean acidification in a changing world

Victorian scientists of the HMS Challenger era would no doubt be shocked by the ways in which humanity, and our use of fossil fuels, is altering the physical, chemical and biological nature of the oceans. Since the 1950s, coastal ecosystems have been radically transformed by human activity – the world population now stands at 7.2 […]

PhD opportunity: “The impact of CO2 emissions on plankton in the NE Atlantic”, Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC), Plymouth University, UK

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on 15 September 2015! Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. Project description There is a major international policy focus on the impacts of carbon dioxide emissions on marine ecosystems in Europe, at present these are concerns (but a lack of empirical evidence) that this could cause […]

Preconditioning in the reef-building coral Pocillopora damicornis and the potential for trans-generational acclimatization in coral larvae under future climate change conditions

Coral reefs are globally threatened by climate change-related ocean warming and ocean acidification (OA). To date, slow-response mechanisms such as genetic adaptation have been considered the major determinant of coral reef persistence, with little consideration of rapid-response acclimatization mechanisms. Show More Summary

Covariation of metabolic rates and cell size in coccolithophores (update)

Coccolithophores are sensitive recorders of environmental change. The size of their coccosphere varies in the ocean along gradients of environmental conditions and provides a key for understanding the fate of this important phytoplankton group in the future ocean. Show More Summary

Incentivizing innovation for the oceans and beyond

For over a decade, XPRIZE has been the leader in incentivized global prize competitions. Historically, such competitions have radically changed the world by spurring the rapid innovation of technologies to address societal challenges. Show More Summary

Are climate scientists doom-mongering? Bulk of research on impacts of ocean acidification is flawed, new study finds

Scientists have warned growing carbon emissions are leading to the oceans getting more acidic as carbon dioxide gas dissolves in sea water A review of 465 studies found just 27 used appropriate experimental design They say the flaws ‘undermine’ confidence in the impacts of acidic oceans It comes a month after figures revealed the Arctic […]

Geoengineering will not save ocean life from acidification, research says

Without reducing emissions, carbon removal schemes will not undo the damage climate change is doing to the oceans by increasing their acidity. Waiting to tackle ocean acidification caused by climate change through yet-to-be developed geoengineering schemes will be too little too late to prevent mass extinction of ocean life, a new study concludes. Cutting carbon […]

Feeding behaviour of an intertidal snail: Does past environmental stress affect predator choices and prey vulnerability?

Predation is one of the most important factors in determining structure and dynamics of communities on intertidal rocky shores. Such regulatory role may be of special relevance in novel communities resulting from biological invasions. Show More Summary

Parental experience may help coral offspring survive climate change

A new study from scientists at the University of Hawai’i – M?noa’s (UHM) Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) reveals that preconditioning adult corals to increased temperature and ocean acidification resulted in offspring that may be better able to handle those future environmental stressors. Show More Summary

Primary discussion of a carbon sink in the oceans

As a consequence of global warming and rising sea levels, the oceans are becoming a matter of concern for more and more people because these changes will impact the growth of living organisms as well as people’s living standards. In particular, it is extremely important that the oceans absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide. This […]

Effects of dust additions on phytoplankton growth and DMS production in high CO2 northeast Pacific HNLC waters

Ocean acidification (OA) is likely to have an effect on the fertilizing potential of desert dust in high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll oceanic regions, either by modifying Fe speciation and bioavailability, or by altering phytoplankton Fe requirements and acquisition. Show More Summary

Health and degradation of coral reefs: assessment and future

Coral reefs are in a crisis. We wonder about their survival in the face of human demographic pressures and anthropogenic degradation as well as considering the predictions of climate change. In short, what will happen to coral reefs under the influence of global change? The main characteristics of the coral reef ecosystem are recalled related […]

8/1-5/15 It Must Be Social Time

August 1st-5th August 1st...they evidently headed west in the night because they were seen coming back in in the morning......Granny J-2, Onyx L-87, the J14s, and the K12s, K13s, and the K14s went up toward the Fraser, while Group B and the J19s stayed down... Show More Summary

Opalescent nudibranchs may not look dangerous but they can be if...

Opalescent nudibranchs may not look dangerous but they can be if you’re a sea slug. When two of them meet head-to-head, they’re likely to lunge into a biting battle. If one meets the tail of another and gets the first bite, it usually wins the battle and consumes the loser. Learn more here:

Malacology Monthly: A Look at Bivalves, From Both Sides Now

Bivalves: clams, scallops, oysters, cockles, and mussels, have rich lives and complex evolutionary histories far beyond the deep-fryer. Here are vignettes of four bivalves that provide a small glimpse into their world. So next time you order the frutti di mare linguini, ponder for a second what you are about to eat. Smart Scallops Edward ‘Doc’ […]

Most expensive goddam picture of fish ever taken!

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to interview, Don Walsh one of two men to first visit the deepest point of the world’s ocean and one of only three to succeed. Below is that interview reposted. I asked, “What were the events that lead to you to dive the Marianas Trench?” “I found myself there […]

Dolphins and Drugs – The Shocking Connections

Is Flipper a junkie? Deep Sea News has always provided the fair and balanced approach to dolphins, recognizing their essential role in the oceans’ ecosystems, yet bringing to light their darker side. Of all the heinous acts dolphinsShow More Summary

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