Steven Fons. Credit: Calle Schonning Ph.D. student Steven Fons’ Arctic research adventure, complicated by COVID-19. For Steven Fons, returning home to D.C. in June was like coming back from another planet. “It was totally surreal. The grass and the trees were greener than I remembered,” recalled Fons, an atmospheric and oceanic […]

Animation In a study published recently in Ecology and Evolution, an international team of researchers focused on what can happen to ocean ecosystems when fishing pressure increases or decreases, and how this differs between tropical to temperate marine ecosystems. The team, led by Elizabeth Madin, researcher at the Hawai’i Institute of […]

A colony of Leptoseris hawaiiensis at 315 feet in the Au’au Channel Hawaii. Credit: Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, University of Hawaii New research published in the journal Coral Reefs revealed unexpectedly high growth rates for deep water photosynthetic corals. The study, led by Samuel Kahng, affiliate graduate faculty in the University of Hawai’i at […]

Kathy Sullivan is the first person to ever experience travelling to both space and the ocean’s floor NASA Making headlines is never something that has motivated Kathy Sullivan. Already in the history books as the first US woman to complete a spacewalk in 1984, the 68-year-old found herself in the […]

Islands in the Maldives – where sandy or gravel islands sit on top of coral reef platforms – are among those that could be affected by a global rise in sea levels. Credit: Gerd Masselink/University of Plymouth Coral reef islands across the world could naturally adapt to survive the impact […]

Mangroves in Tampa, Florida. Credit: Kerrylee Rogers/University of Wollongong Mangrove trees – valuable coastal ecosystems found in Florida and other warm climates – won’t survive sea-level rise by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, according to a Rutgers co-authored study in the journal Science. Mangrove forests store large amounts of […]

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The extent to which rivers transport burned carbon to oceans—where it can be stored for tens of millennia—is revealed in new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study, published today in Nature Communications, calculates how much burned carbon is being flushed out by rivers and […]

A machine-learning technique developed at MIT combs through global ocean data to find commonalities between marine locations, based on interactions between phytoplankton species. Using this approach, researchers have determined that the ocean can be split into over 100 types of “provinces,” and 12 “megaprovinces,” that are distinct in their ecological […]

A new MIT-developed search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters. The method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged. Credit: Image courtesy of the researchers Method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged. […]