Member Highlight: For Some Corals, Meals Can Come With A Side Of Microplastics

2019-12-16T15:24:58+00:00 December 16, 2019|

(Credit: Jim E. Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons) (From University of Washington/ By Michelle Ma) -- Tiny microplastic particles are about as common in the ocean today as plastic is in our daily lives. Synthetic clothing, containers, bottles, plastic bags and cosmetics all degrade and release microplastics into the environment. Corals [...]

Member Highlight: Study Reveals Whaling and Climate Change Led to 100 Years of Feast or Famine for Antarctic Penguins

2019-12-09T15:17:43+00:00 December 6, 2019|

Photo Credit- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. New research reveals how penguins have dealt with more than a century of human impacts in Antarctica and why some species are winners or losers in this rapidly changing ecosystem. (From Louisiana State University ) --Michael Polito, assistant professor in LSU’s Department [...]

Member Highlight: COL Announces Recipients of 2019 Graham B. Shimmield Leadership Award

2019-11-05T13:46:52+00:00 November 4, 2019|

At the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s recent fall meetings, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to award Dr. Megan Davis (FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute) and Dr. James Sanders (University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography) the 2019 Graham B. Shimmield Leadership Award for extraordinary contribution to advancement of the organization and its mission. [...]

Member Highlight: Coral Reef Starter Kit

2019-10-21T15:57:48+00:00 October 18, 2019|

(Credit: Jim E. Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons) New study shows coral reef fish do not mind 3D-printed corals. (From University of Delaware/ By Karen B. Roberts ) -- Natural disasters such as hurricanes often leave devastation in their wake. Residents living in affected areas are sometimes displaced or require temporary shelter [...]

Member Highlight: Solution To Ice Age Ocean Chemistry Puzzle

2019-10-16T16:38:29+00:00 October 15, 2019|

(Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz/LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC) New research into the chemistry of the oceans during ice ages is helping to solve a puzzle that has engaged scientists for more than two decades. (From University of Tasmania) -- At issue is how much of the CO2 that entered the [...]

Member Highlight: Study Shows Human Impacts On Oceans Nearly Doubled In Recent Decade, Could Double Again Without Adequate Action

2019-10-01T10:36:53+00:00 September 30, 2019|

(Click to enlarge image) Australia's Great Barrier Reef (Credit: NASA) (From UC Santa Barbara/ By Jenny Seifert) -- Over the recent decade, total human impacts to the world’s oceans have, on average, nearly doubled and could double again in the next decade without adequate action. That’s according to a new study by researchers from the [...]

Member Highlight: Elephant Seal ‘Supermoms’ Produce Most Of The Population, Study Finds

2019-09-23T11:36:12+00:00 September 20, 2019|

Elephant seal (Credit: Sarah Peterson, USGS Western Ecological Research Center. Photo in the public domain.) High mortality rates for young elephant seals means long-lived females dominate the reproductive output of the population. (From UC Santa Cruz/ By Tim Stephens) -- Most of the pups born in an elephant seal colony in California over [...]

Member Highlight: Texas A&M Team Finds New Ways For Coral Reef Ecosystems To Grow

2019-09-17T11:49:59+00:00 September 12, 2019|

(Credit: Jim E. Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons) Researchers examined particulate organic matter and how it affects declining coral reefs in Hawaii. (From Texas A&M University/ By Keith Randall) -- For the first time, a team of scientists that includes three Texas A&M University researchers have found that microscopic oceanic organisms are [...]

Member Highlight: $20 Million Grant For DNA-Based Ocean Monitoring

2019-08-27T10:04:44+00:00 August 26, 2019|

(Credit: Marta D/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0)) (From Bigelow Laboratory/ By ) -- A $20 million grant announced today from the National Science Foundation will fund a five-year initiative by Maine science institutes to revolutionize the understanding and management of coastal ocean ecosystems. This is the first large-scale effort to develop a cutting-edge, [...]

Member Highlight: Stanford Researchers Develop Technology To Harness Energy From Mixing Of Freshwater And Seawater

2019-08-12T12:23:03+00:00 August 12, 2019|

(Credit: Crew and Officers of NOAA Ship FAIRWEATHER) A new battery made from affordable and durable materials generates energy from places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral. (From Stanford University/ By Rob Jordan) -- Salt is power. It might sound like [...]

Member Highlight: USM Biology Professor Uses Environmental DNA To Verify Smalltooth Sawfish In Mississippi Waters

2019-08-12T14:51:11+00:00 July 29, 2019|

(Credit: D Ross Robertson/Smithsonian Institution) (From University of Southern Mississippi/ By Van Arnold) -- Dr. Nicole Phillips, assistant professor of biology in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences, and vice president of the Sawfish Conservation Society, has verified the presence of smalltooth sawfish in Mississippi waters [...]

Member Highlight: New Study Finds Offshore Aquaculture Has Low Environmental Impact

2019-07-29T18:19:22+00:00 July 22, 2019|

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)) UM Rosenstiel School researchers monitor nutrient footprint from offshore aquaculture (From University of Miami/ By Diana Udel) -- A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found minimal environmental impacts to the surrounding waters from a [...]

Member Highlight: Meet The Machines That Could Unlock The Ocean’s Deepest Secrets

2019-06-17T12:39:52+00:00 June 17, 2019|

(Credit: NOAA/PIFSC/HMSRP) These autonomous subsea robots may someday predict storms, detect oil leaks, locate shipwrecks, and slow down climate change. (From Popular Mechanics/ By Stav Dimitropoulos) -- In 2016, the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell plc, announced it would dole out $7 million to the technologies [...]

Member Highlight: Artificial Reefs Off NC Coast May Be Havens For Tropical Fish On The Move

2019-05-21T15:36:11+00:00 May 21, 2019|

(Credit: Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR) (From Duke University/ By Tim Lucas) -- Tropical and subtropical fish are taking up residence on shipwrecks and other sunken structures off the North Carolina coast. This pattern may continue or even accelerate in coming years given predictions of warming oceans under climate change, a new study co-led [...]

Member Highlight: Lionfish Genes Studied For Clues To Invasive Prowess

2019-05-20T13:43:47+00:00 May 13, 2019|

(Credit: David Clode/Unsplash) (From North Carolina State University/ By Mick Kulikowski) -- What makes the red lionfish (Pterois volitans) such a successful and powerful invader in Atlantic Ocean waters compared to its rather lamblike existence in its native Pacific Ocean? A new North Carolina State University study examining two native lionfish regions in [...]

Member Highlight: Carbon Dioxide From Silicon Valley Affects The Chemistry Of Monterey Bay

2019-04-29T14:19:05+00:00 April 29, 2019|

(Credit: Katie Holmes/NOAA) (From Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute / By Kim Fulton-Bennett) -- MBARI researchers recently measured high concentrations of carbon dioxide in air blowing out to sea from cities and agricultural areas, including Silicon Valley. In a new paper in PLOS ONE, they calculate that this previously undocumented process could increase [...]

Albany High School Sails to Victory in 22nd Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl

2019-04-16T11:05:37+00:00 April 14, 2019|

The Albany High School team with Senior Education Program Manager at NOAA Sarah Schoedinger and Consortium for Ocean Leadership President and CEO RADM Jon White USN (Ret.) Ketchikan High School Takes Home James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award (Washington, D.C.) – On Sunday, students from Albany High School (Albany, California) won the National [...]

Member Highlight: Study Looks To Iron From Microbes For Climate Help

2019-06-06T13:38:06+00:00 April 12, 2019|

(Credit: NOAA MESA Project/Wikimedia Commons) (From Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences/ By ) -- Distributing iron particles produced by bacteria could “fertilize” microscopic ocean plants and ultimately lower atmospheric carbon levels, according to a new paper in Frontiers. “It is important that we explore ideas for climate change mitigation that can supplement the [...]

Member Highlight: Study Confirms And Ranks Nursery Value Of Coastal Habitats

2019-04-10T15:55:14+00:00 April 8, 2019|

(Credit: Maxwell Ridgeway/Unsplash) Findings will help resource managers with difficult conservation decisions (From Virginia Institute of Marine Science/ By David Malmquist) -- A comprehensive analysis of more than 11,000 previous coastal-habitat measurements suggests that mangroves and seagrasses provide the greatest value as “nurseries” for young fishes and invertebrates, providing key guidance for managers [...]

Review&Forecast – Sea Technology Magazine, January 2019

2019-04-08T13:28:32+00:00 April 8, 2019|

Increasing Our Ocean Security: How A Healthy Ocean Benefits Us All (By RADM Jonathan White, U.S. Navy (Ret.) / From Sea Technology, Jan. 2019)  In 2017, I started talking about ocean security, or the concept that our national, homeland, energy, food, water and economic securities, as well as our public health and safety, depend [...]

Member Highlight: Warm Seas Scatter Fish

2019-03-11T14:34:34+00:00 March 11, 2019|

(Credit: Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR) Climate change is shifting productivity of fisheries worldwide (From University of California Santa Barbara/ By Harrison Tasoff) -- Fish provide a vital source of protein for over half the world’s population, with over 56 million people employed by or subsisting on fisheries. But climate change is beginning to [...]

Member Highlight: Radio-Tracking Dolphins Reveals Details About Their Behavior

2019-08-22T15:33:17+00:00 March 4, 2019|

Using telemetry units in hospitals to monitor patient health is standard practice. Now, a similar approach is proving to be invaluable for dolphins, too. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and collaborators have conducted the most extensive radio-tracking effort of bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) [...]

Member Highlight: Senator Marco Rubio Visits Mote To Discuss Urgent Threats In Florida’s Oceans

2019-02-25T13:28:16+00:00 February 25, 2019|

Credit: NOAA CCMA Biogeography Team On February 21, 2019, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at its City Island campus to discuss urgent threats facing Florida’s oceans, including harmful algae blooms affecting our coastlines and the significant decline of coral reefs. Mote President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. [...]

Member Highlight: Climate Of North American Cities Will Shift Hundreds Of Miles In One Generation

2019-02-19T10:09:39+00:00 February 19, 2019|

(Credit: Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / U.S. Marine Corps) New web application helps visualize climate changes in 540 North American cities (From University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science/ By ) -- In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of [...]

Member Highlight: Study Shows Deep Microbes Hold Clues To Early Life

2019-08-22T15:55:06+00:00 February 11, 2019|

A new study has revealed how a group of deep-sea microbes provides clues to the evolution of life on Earth, according to a recent paper in The ISME Journal. Researchers used cutting-edge molecular methods to study these microbes, which thrive in the hot, oxygen-free fluids that flow through Earth’s crust. (From Bigelow Laboratory for [...]

Member Highlight: Waters West Of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning, Key For Regulating Climate

2019-08-22T15:57:21+00:00 February 4, 2019|

A new international study finds that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC), a deep-ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe.   (From Duke University/ By Tim Lucas) -- In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of [...]

Member Highlight: Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth

2019-08-22T16:13:08+00:00 January 22, 2019|

The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga. (From North Carolina State University/ By Tracey Peake) -- Unlike its gargantuan cousin the megalodon, Galagadon nordquistae was a small shark (approximately [...]

Member Highlight: International Research Team To Study Effects Of Ocean Acidification On Iron Availability To Phytoplankton In North Pacific

2019-01-15T16:27:04+00:00 January 15, 2019|

(Credit: NOAA MESA Project/ Wikimedia Commons) The effect of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in the eastern North Pacific is the focus of a three-year, more than $954,000 National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to the University of Maine, University of Washington and University of South Florida. (From University of [...]

Member Highlight: Stanford Researchers Uncover Startling Insights Into How Human-Generated Carbon Dioxide Could Reshape Oceans

2019-08-22T16:21:22+00:00 December 17, 2018|

Volcanic carbon dioxide vents off the coast of Italy are rapidly acidifying nearby waters. This natural laboratory provides a crystal ball-view into potential future marine biodiversity impacts around the world. (From Stanford University/ By Nicole Kravec) -- Something peculiar is happening in the azure waters off the rocky cliffs of Ischia, Italy. There, streams of [...]

Member Highlight: Study Shows How Mussels Handle Microplastic Fiber

2019-08-22T16:27:16+00:00 December 10, 2018|

New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a study by researchers from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The findings were published in December’s Marine Pollution Bulletin. (From Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences/ By ) -- Human-made microplastics exist [...]

Member Highlight: Urban Flooding Disrupts Local Economies, Public Safety, Housing Equity

2019-08-22T16:30:15+00:00 December 3, 2018|

Flooding caused by an increasing number of intense storms is a national challenge and significant source of economic loss, social disruption and housing inequality across the United States, says a new report from Texas A&M University and the University of Maryland. (From Texas A&M Today/ By Keith Randall & Melissa Andreychek) -- The first to [...]

Member Highlight: New Study Highlights Complexity Of Warming And Melting In Antarctica

2019-08-22T16:33:40+00:00 November 26, 2018|

(From Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/ By Marie Denoia Aronsohn) -- In a study released on Nature Climate Change's website today, scientists draw from recent findings to underscore the multifaceted dynamics of surface melting in Antarctica. The study authors come from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University [...]

Member Highlight: Could Fish DNA Tests Replace Population Surveys?

2019-08-22T16:37:16+00:00 November 19, 2018|

(From Chesapeake Bay Magazine/ By Meg Walburn Viviano) -- Collecting DNA isn’t just for detectives at the scene of a crime. It’s now being used by environmentalists to track fish species in the water. Environmental DNA, or eDNA, comes from the cells or waste that fish leave behind while swimming. Researchers take water samples from [...]

Member Highlight: Ready For Next Big Storm? UMD Glider Patrols Ocean To Predict A Hurricane’s Power

2019-08-22T16:40:33+00:00 November 5, 2018|

(From The Standard-Times/ By Jennette Barnes) -- The next time a hurricane comes barreling toward New England, we may have a better idea of whether it will intensify to a Category 5, or fizzle out and bring less damage than everyone feared. Just thank the underwater hurricane patrol. This hurricane season, an unmanned submersible named [...]

Member Highlight: Global Sea Levels Could Rise 8 Feet By 2100, More In NJ, Rutgers Study Says

2019-04-18T17:45:46+00:00 October 15, 2018|

(Credit: Famartin/Wikimedia Commons) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (] By the dawn of the next century, South Jersey’s barrier islands will pretty much disappear at high tide, based on data in a Rutgers University review of scientific literature. (From The Press of Atlantic City/ By Michelle Brunetti Post) -- Global sea levels could rise by almost [...]

Member Highlight: Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Coastlines

2019-08-22T16:52:35+00:00 October 1, 2018|

Offshore wind farms may have a greater capacity for coastal protection than first imagined. Scientists had shown previously that arrays of turbines placed in the sea may buffer storm surge and flooding. Now simulations featuring data from Hurricane Harvey suggest that smart wind farm designs have the capacity to protect coastlines from heavy rains. [...]

Member Highlight: New Study Shows Florida Keys’ Coral Are Growing But Have Become More Porous

2019-08-28T17:14:44+00:00 September 24, 2018|

Research suggests that higher-latitude reefs may have more time to adapt to rising ocean temperatures than their tropical counterparts. (From UNC-Chapel Hill/ By ) -- Researchers have long questioned what impact climate change has on the rate at which corals are growing and building reef habitats in the Florida Keys. A new study from [...]

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