Member Highlight: Study Shows How Mussels Handle Microplastic Fiber

2018-12-10T11:59:29+00:00 December 10, 2018|

(Credit: Ken Sturm/USFWS) 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/ [...]

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

2018-12-03T14:08:54+00:00 December 3, 2018|

(Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) 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 [...]

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

2018-11-26T14:52:07+00:00 November 26, 2018|

(Credit: Gisela Winckler/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) (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 [...]

Member Highlight: Could Fish DNA Tests Replace Population Surveys?

2018-11-19T14:25:53+00:00 November 19, 2018|

(Credit: UMCES) (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 [...]

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

2018-11-05T15:10:07+00:00 November 5, 2018|

(Credit: UMass Dartmouth) (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 [...]

Member Highlight: Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Coastlines

2018-10-09T14:06:43+00:00 October 1, 2018|

(Credit: iStock/ssuaphoto) 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 [...]

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

2018-09-24T11:44:41+00:00 September 24, 2018|

(Credit: JP Rippe) 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 [...]

NSF Awards Contract to WHOI to Lead OOI Program Management

2018-09-19T14:57:03+00:00 September 19, 2018|

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include [...]

Member Highlight: As Nelson Touts Red Tide Research At Mote, Another Potential Bloom Is Detected

2018-09-10T10:27:46+00:00 September 10, 2018|

(Credit: University of South Florida) Autonomous USF robot discovered red tide indicators west of Tampa during mapping exercise. (From Herald Tribune/ By Carlos R. Munoz) -- A new batch of red tide could be brewing west of Tampa. A University of South Florida underwater glider, an autonomous robot that collects subsurface data vital to understanding [...]

Member Highlight: Can Seagrass Help Fight Ocean Acidification?

2018-08-06T12:31:34+00:00 August 6, 2018|

Seagrass meadows could play a limited, localized role in alleviating ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems, according to new work led by Carnegie's David Koweek and including Carnegie's Ken Caldeira and published in Ecological Applications. (From EurekAlert) -- When coal, oil, or gas is burned, the resulting carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere where it is [...]

Member Highlight: Shark Week Spotlight: Tagging Smooth Dogfish

2018-07-30T13:32:25+00:00 July 30, 2018|

(Credit: Monmouth University) Monmouth University Assistant Professor Keith Dunton and students Lauren Kelly, Troy Ohntrup and Charlie Vasas watched as a longline baited with dozens of pieces of menhaden was slowly reeled up to the research vessel Nauvoo.  (From Monmouth University) -- One after another after another they came – roughly 20 in all. The [...]

Member Highlight: Scientists Explore New Experimental Model Systems To Advance Biology

2018-07-23T12:30:28+00:00 July 23, 2018|

(Credit: Mariana Rius) Tremendous advancement of basic biological knowledge has come from genetically manipulating model organisms to test mechanistic hypotheses. (From --  But the selection of traditional model organisms available offers a limited view of biological diversity, meaning that they cannot be used to investigate a broad swath of novel and [...]

Member Highlight: Racing To Save Florida’s Coral From Climate Change, Scientists Turn To A Once-Unthinkable Strategy: ‘Assisted Evolution’

2018-07-16T14:58:46+00:00 July 16, 2018|

(Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)  In a hurricane-proof lab miles down the Florida Keys, scientists coddle, the way a parent might, tiny pieces of coral from the moment they are spawned until they are just hearty enough to be separated into specimens equipped to survive in the wild. (From LA [...]

Member Highlight: Newly Discovered Volcanic Heat Source Under Antarctic Glacier Is Half As Hot As Iceland’s Most Active Volcano

2018-07-02T09:01:01+00:00 July 2, 2018|

(Credit: Brice Loose) Several kilometers under the ice, researchers have found evidence of an active volcano spewing large amounts of heat under Antarctica's fastest melting glacier. (From Tech Times/ By Nicole Arce) -- By accident, a team of scientists from the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography have discovered biochemical proof of [...]

Ocean Science And Technology Are Critical To An Effective Ocean Policy That Will Advance The Economic, Security, And Environmental Interests Of The United States

2018-06-25T17:20:40+00:00 June 20, 2018|

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement. “The ocean has much to offer, but only [...]

Member Highlight: More Sharks Ditching Annual Migration As Ocean Warms

2018-06-18T10:21:19+00:00 June 18, 2018|

Blacktip sharks usually travel in the tens of thousands from North Carolina to Florida. But thanks to climate change, more are staying put. (From National Geographic / By Eric Niiler ) -- The annual migration of blacktip sharks from southern Florida to North Carolina has begun—and researchers who track this amazing ritual say there are seeing only about one-third the usual [...]

Ocean Plastics Lab coming to Washington’s National Mall, June 4-17 

2018-05-29T16:20:00+00:00 May 29, 2018|

Exhibit showcases global problem and solutions to ocean plastic pollution  (Washington, D.C.) – The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is among the U.S. sponsors and participants of the Ocean Plastics Lab, an international outdoor, interactive exhibit, composed of four shipping containers, that is coming to Washington’s National Mall next month. The exhibit brings attention to the global [...]

Member Highlight: New Zealand Has Its Own Genetically Distinct Population Of Blue Whales

2018-05-29T10:21:45+00:00 May 29, 2018|

(Credit: Todd Chandler) Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered that a population of blue whales found between the North and South islands of New Zealand are genetically distinct from other blue whales, and live there year-round. (From Forbes/ By Fiona McMillan) -- The first inklings that something unusual was going on began [...]

Member Highlight: IoT, Data Visualization Warn Coastal Residents about Flooding

2018-05-21T09:52:14+00:00 May 21, 2018|

Spearheaded by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the StormSense project combines IoT sensors, cloud systems, predictive analytics modeling, and data visualization mapping to predict flooding impacts and deliver warnings to residents in the Virginia Beach area. (From Information Week/ By Jessica Davis) -- The sound of the ocean waves may be relaxing when you [...]

Member Highlight: Alien Waters: Neighboring Seas Are Flowing into a Warming Arctic Ocean

2018-05-14T14:17:29+00:00 May 14, 2018|

(Credit: Pablo Clemente-Colon / National Ice Center) Above Scandinavia, on the Atlantic side of the Arctic Ocean, mackerel, cod, and other fish native to the European coast are migrating through increasingly ice-free waters, heading deeper into the Arctic Basin toward Siberia. . (From Yale Environment 360/ By Cheryl Katz) -- Thousands of miles to the west, [...]

Montgomery Blair High School Cruises To Victory In 21st Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl

2018-09-19T10:00:28+00:00 April 23, 2018|

On Sunday, students from Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring, Maryland) won the National Finals of the 21stAnnual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). An interdisciplinary ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the NOSB tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related topics, including cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology. Students on the championship team [...]

Member Highlight: Study Reveals New Antarctic Process Contributing To Sea Level Rise And Climate Change

2018-04-20T17:04:13+00:00 April 20, 2018|

(Credit: Alessandro Silvano) A new IMAS-led study has revealed a previously undocumented process where melting glacial ice sheets change the ocean in a way that further accelerates the rate of ice melt and sea level rise. (From -- Led by IMAS PhD student Alessandro Silvano and published in the journal Science Advances, the [...]

Member Highlight: Ice Cores Show Greenland’s Melting Is Unprecedented In At Least Four Centuries

2018-04-02T11:35:51+00:00 March 30, 2018|

(Credit: Forrest McCarthy) Scientists who crossed western Greenland with a fleet of snowmobiles, pulling up long cylinders of ice at camps a little more than a mile above sea level, have found evidence that the vast sheet of ice is melting faster than at any time in the past 450 years at least — and possibly much longer than that. [...]

Omnibus Spending Bill A Win For Ocean Sciences

2018-03-29T08:45:52+00:00 March 22, 2018|

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement. “I am extremely pleased that the congressionally-passed omnibus spending plan for FY 2018 is a win for ocean and [...]

Member Highlight: A Team Tackles A Troublesome Fish

2018-03-26T11:04:11+00:00 March 19, 2018|

(Credit: Steve Gittings, NOAA) It is often said that good things come in groups of three, and that might be the case for a trio of research projects aimed at reducing a recent, but growing, threat to Bermuda’s marine biodiversity: the invasive lionfish. (From Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences) -- While many invasive species [...]

Member Highlight: New Underwater Vehicles To Study Ocean’s Smallest Organisms

2018-03-13T11:29:52+00:00 March 13, 2018|

(Credit: Elisha Wood-Charlson / UHM/ SOEST) A small fleet of state-of-the-art research submersibles are scheduled to launch from Oʻahu tomorrow. (From Hawaii Public Radio/ By Casey Harlow) -- The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute will be using the underwater vehicles to track, study, and collect ocean [...]

Member Highlight – Deeply Talks: Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data, Robots And A.I.

2018-02-20T15:05:34+00:00 February 20, 2018|

(Credit: Getty Images) In this episonde of Deeply Talks, Todd Woody, News Deeply’s executive editor for environment, and a panel of experts talk about how satellites, sensors, artificial intelligence and DNA scanners are creating powerful new tools to fight illegal fishing. Todd is joined by Mark Powell, Vulcan’s senior ocean researcher, and Jake Hanft, an analyst at Schmidt [...]

Investments In Ocean Science and Technology That Underpin Our Nation’s Security Left Out Of President’s Budget

2018-02-14T13:49:37+00:00 February 14, 2018|

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the president’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement. “I am deeply disturbed by the proposed cuts to ocean and Earth sciences and technology in the president’s budget [...]

Scientists Pinpoint How Ocean Acidification Weakens Coral Skeletons

2018-02-01T15:05:53+00:00 February 1, 2018|

(Credit: Hannah Barkley, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their skeletons. A new study identifies the details of how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons, allowing scientists to predict more precisely where corals will be more vulnerable. (From [...]

11 Billion Pieces Of Plastic Are Smothering Reefs, Infecting Corals

2018-01-31T10:17:15+00:00 January 31, 2018|

(Credit: Dr. Kathryn Berry) Our plastic lifestyle is killing coral reefs. A first-of-its-kind study published on Thursday found that an estimated 11.1 billion pieces of ocean plastic trash are lodged in coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region, increasing corals’ susceptibility to potentially deadly diseases by as much as 89 percent.  (From Oceans Deeply/ By Todd Woody) -- Scientists [...]

Novel Technologies Reveal Key Information About Depleted East Pacific Green Sea Turtles

2018-01-31T08:13:20+00:00 January 31, 2018|

(Credit: Cali Turner Tomaszewicz) Populations of green sea turtles living in the eastern region of the Pacific Ocean have rebounded in recent years, but their numbers remain dangerously depleted. Research by led by biologists at the University of California San Diego and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is offering previously unknown information [...]

Sea Butterflies Repair Shell Damage From Ocean Acidification

2018-01-31T15:26:52+00:00 January 30, 2018|

(Credit: British Antarctic Survey) A new study of tiny marine snails called sea butterflies shows the great lengths these animals go to repair damage caused by ocean acidification. The paper, led by researchers at British Antarctic Survey, is published this month in the journal Nature Communications. (From --The ocean absorbs around one [...]

2017 Was The Hottest Year Yet In The World’s Ocean

2018-01-29T17:19:52+00:00 January 29, 2018|

(Credit: Mario Tama, Getty) Oceans aren't likely to cool any time soon, a new study finds. In fact, 2017 was the warmest year on record in the ocean, according to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. (From National Geographic/ By Sarah Gibbens) -- Their findings indicate a "long-term warming trend driven by human [...]

Member Highlight: New Study: Industry Conservation Ethic Proves Critical To Gulf Of Maine Lobster Fishery

2018-01-29T13:07:28+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Gulf of Maine Research Institute) A new study, led by scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and colleagues at the University of Maine and NOAA, demonstrates how conservation practices championed by Maine lobstermen help make the lobster fishery resilient to climate change. (From -- For generations, lobstermen in Maine [...]

How Blockchain Is Strengthening Tuna Traceability To Combat Illegal Fishing

2018-01-26T13:07:31+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Mern/ AP) In a significant development for global fisheries, blockchain technology is now being used to improve tuna traceability to help stop illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the Pacific Islands tuna industry. (From International Business Times/ By Candice Visser and Quentin Hanich) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia, Fiji [...]

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