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New research reveals impact of seismic surveys on zooplankton

(University of Tasmania - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) Marine seismic surveys used in petroleum exploration could cause a two to three-fold increase in mortality of adult and larval zooplankton, new research published in leading science journal Nature Ecology and Evolution has found. Show More Summary

Lessons from whale population collapse could help future species at risk

(University of Tasmania - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) A study of historic whaling records has revealed there were warning signs that populations of commercially harvested whales were heading for global collapse up toShow More Summary

How the climate can rapidly change at tipping points

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) During the last glacial period, within only a few decades the influence of atmospheric CO2 on the North Atlantic circulation resulted in temperature increases...Show More Summary

UV-sensing protein in the brain of a marine annelid zooplankton

Researchers at Institute for Molecular Sciences reported that a photoreceptive protein expressed in the brain a marine annelid zooplankton (Platynereis dumerilii) is UV-sensitive. This work was carried out as a collaborative work of Drs. Show More Summary

Mussels and sponges in the deep sea can thrive on oil with the help of symbiont bacteria

At asphalt volcanoes in the Gulf of Mexico that spew oil, gas and tar, mussels and sponges live in symbiosis with bacteria providing them with food. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and colleagues from...Show More Summary

An orphan problem looking for adoption: responding to ocean acidification utilising existing international institutions

Ocean acidification poses a substantial threat to the ocean, marine wildlife and the goods and services they provide. As a result it presents a substantial regulatory challenge at the international, regional, national and sub-national levels. Show More Summary

Hawai'i researchers receive funds to forecast coral disease across Pacific Ocean

(University of Hawaii at Manoa) Researchers at University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) were recently awarded a $1.026 million grant from NASA to develop coral disease forecasting models for Hawai'i, US-affiliated Pacific Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.

How the Arctic Ocean became saline

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) The Arctic Ocean was once a gigantic freshwater lake. Only after the land bridge between Greenland and Scotland had submerged far enough did vast quantities of salt water pour in from the Atlantic.

Why do Antarctic krill stocks fluctuate?

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) It is only six centimeters long, but it plays a major role in the Antarctic ecosystem: the small crustacean Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill). It's one of the world's most abundant species and the central diet of a number of animals in the Southern Ocean. Show More Summary

Geoscientific evidence for subglacial lakes

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) During the last glacial period -- when the ice in the Antarctic was far thicker and extended further offshore than it does today -- it has been speculated that subglacial lakes existed beneath it. Show More Summary

Beyond drug lords and conservationists: Who is missing in the coverage of the vaquita’s demise?

This is a guest post by friend and colleague, Dr. Tara Whitty. Dr. Whitty is currently a NSF SEES Fellow and Conservation Assessment Scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC). Though I don’t normally run in the same circles as dolphin researchers, Tara is my one big exception. Her work is on the […]

No escaping ocean plastic: 37 million bits of litter on one of world's remotest islands

(University of Tasmania - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) The beaches of one of the world's most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, in...Show More Summary

Study finds bacteria in marine sponge produce toxic flame retardant-like compounds

(University of California - San Diego) A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego-led research team discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants.

Irreversible ocean warming threatens the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) By the second half of this century, rising air temperatures above the Weddell Sea could set off a self-amplifying meltwater feedback cycle under the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, ultimately causing the second-largest ice shelf in the Antarctic to shrink dramatically.

A Victory For Macron And For The European Union – Now It's Time To Unite A Divided France

Richard Maher, European University Institute Emmanuel Macron, the centrist independent running for the French presidency, has soundly defeated Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front to become the country’s next president. Macron’s...Show More Summary

MARINE MATTERS: Cork based Minister Michael Creed announces increased funding for cutting edge marine research (excerpts)

Michael Creed TD (Fine Gael), Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine was at the Marine Institute’s Dublin office today to meet some of the researchers who were successful in winning research funding through the Marine Research Measure. Minister Creed also announced the launch of a €2m Marine Equipment and Small Infrastructure Call 2017 which will open for […]

The Earth sank twice, flooding the Eastern Amazon

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A tiny shark tooth, part of a mantis shrimp and other microscopic marine organisms reveal that as the Andes mountains rose, the Eastern Amazon sank twice, each time for less than a million years.

Survey: Another good year for Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses

An annual survey led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 8% between 2015 and 2016, continuing an upward trend initiated in 2012.

Survey: Another good year for Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses

(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) An annual survey led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 8 percent between 2015 and 2016, continuing an upward trend initiated in 2012.

Researchers unravel the drivers of large iceberg movement

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) When, in the foreseeable future, a tabular iceberg nearly seven times the size of Berlin breaks off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Antarctic, it will begin a journey,...Show More Summary

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