A reefscape in the highly-protected Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), Cuba provides habitat and feeding grounds for large numbers of fish, including top predators like sharks and groupers. Credit: Amy Apprill, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Microorganisms play important roles in the health and protection of coral reefs, […]

Air pollution is associated with detrimental effects on human health, including increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Research published today (December 15, 2019) in The Journal of Physiology by researchers at The University of Manchester shows that the knowledge we have about how pollution harms the hearts of marine species can […]

“Cephalopods were the first intelligent animals on the planet.” This quote from Dr. Sydney Brenner, molecular geneticist and one of the founders of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), highlights the burgeoning scientific interest in cephalopods like cuttlefish, octopuses, and squid. These creatures are lauded for […]

The newly discovered Kupoupou stilwelli would have once swam in the waters around Chatham Island near New Zealand. Illustration by Jacob Blokland, Author provided A new species of extinct penguin has been discovered. It’s helping us bridge the gap between modern penguins and their counterparts from the Paleocene epoch – the 10-million-year period following […]

Recovery from severe disturbances is likely to decline as the frequency and severity of man-made disturbances continues to increase. Credit: Tom Bridge Scientists say coral reefs on a tiny island in the South Pacific have shown incredible resilience and recovery from a recent but very severe disturbance: a volcanic eruption […]

IUCN Climate change and nutrient pollution are driving the oxygen from our oceans, and threatening many species of fish. That’s the conclusion of the biggest study of its kind, undertaken by conservation group IUCN. While nutrient run-off has been known for decades, researchers say that climate change is making the […]

Parrotfish numbers rise as reef quality decreases. Credit: Kendall Clements Researchers find familiar species pave the way for coral regrowth. In contrast to most other species, reef-dwelling parrotfish populations boom in the wake of severe coral bleaching. The surprise finding came when researchers led by Perth-based Dr. Brett Taylor of […]