Archive for March, 2016

Tides and Waves: Sources of Endless Energy

Today’s guest post by Amin Mivehchi is a brief introduction on harnessing tidal energy from the power plants of the future: OCEANS! More than 70% of our planet is covered by bodies of water and it’s time to invest in harnessing this infinite source of renewable energy. Carrie McDonoughI am the founder of oceanbites, and […]

The Atlantic Ocean is the Culprit in the Case of the Cooling Eastern Pacific

A classic climate “Whodunit”? Can researchers get to the bottom of the mystery of the cooling eastern Pacific Ocean, three decades in the making? Brian CaccioppoliI am a recent graduate (Dec. 2015) from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, with a M.S. in Oceanography. My research interests include the use of geophysical […]

Scaredy-crab behavior can alter food webs

Being small crab can be tough. Dodging predators from the land, sea, and air is no small task. A new study focuses on the convergence of individual behavior with ecosystem dynamics, showing how mangrove tree crab behavior may link distinct aquatic and terrestrial food webs. Derrick AlcottDerrick is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Organismic and […]

Armored but uninhabited: how beach armoring is altering transitional communities

Let’s get back on the beach for the final day of spring break! Here we explore the unique communities inhabiting beaches and how human efforts to prevent erosion are hurting them. Gordon OberPostdoctoral Researcher, Claremont McKenna College I am currently a postdoc at Keck Sciences, Claremont McKenna College. I work with Dr. Sarah Gilman, measuring […]

It’s ALIVE: Living Shorelines!

It’s no secret we want to protect our shorelines from erosion and coastal storms. One best management practice catching steam is a living shoreline, which uses native vegetation instead of concrete. Living shorelines not only have the potential to protect coastal communities, but may also be a carbon sink. Kari St.LaurentI received a Ph.D. in […]

Storm Troopers! Robots collect ocean data during hurricanes

Hurricane prediction models are constantly improving as we create more innovative ways to study the growth and development of storms. In 2011, a team from Rutgers University sent an autonomous underwater vehicle into the projected path of Hurricane Irene to measure ocean conditions before, during, and after it passed. Nicole CoutoI’m interested in how physical […]

De ballenas y Vacas: El Microbioma de las ballenas barbudas revelado

Translated by Sandra Schleier- Original Post by Abrahim El Gamal Artículo: J.G. Sander, A.C. Beichmann, J. Roman, J.J. Scott, D. Emerson, J. McCarthy, and P.R. Girguis. Baleen whales host a unique gut microbiome with similarities to both carnivores and herbivores. Nature Communications. 22 September 2015. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9285. Somos animales y nuestras células, eucariotas, pero nuestros cuerpos también […]

Ports, Pups, Policy, and Low Sardine Stocks

While sardine stocks are seeing disturbingly low numbers along the US west coast, affecting fishermen and marine mammals that depend on them, scientists are working hard to provide forecast modeling and data than can better assist fishery managers to avoid this situation in the future. Zoe GentesZoe has an M.S. in Oceanography and a B.S. […]

Summiting Sand Dune Crests: A challenge of restoration

With spring break upon us, we’re all looking for a way to unwind and have fun. For some areas relying on tourism for economic stability, though, fragile habitats can often be overlooked in an effort to keep money flowing in. Click here to find out more about new research being conducted on restoring one of […]

Manipulating ship wakes to reflect light could help fight climate change

The tiny bubbles produced by ship’s wakes reflect light and cool the planet. Could they be manipulated to counteract global warming? Michael PhilbenI recently completed a PhD in Marine Science at the University of South Carolina and am now a postdoc at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I research the effects of climate change on soil […]

Of whales and cows: the baleen whale microbiome revealed

Scientists sequenced the microbiomes of several baleen whales that are strict carnivores and found some startling similarities to the microbiomes of terrestrial herbivores. Abrahim El GamalAbrahim is a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego where he studies marine chemical biology.

For Sea Turtles, There’s No Place Like Home

Tagline: Sea turtles are occasionally released in locations that are not their home areas. But do they remain there? Find out in today’s oceanbites! Rebecca FlynnI am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.S.) and the University of Rhode Island (M.S.). I now work in southwest Florida, contributing to the management of an […]

What’s up with Whiskers?

Whiskers are like finger tips for flipper-footed marine mammals, like seals, sea lions, and walruses. Learn more about how pinnipeds use their whiskers to track prey, and discriminate between different objects by size, shape, and surface structure. Anne M. HartwellHello, welcome to Oceanbites! My name is Annie, I’m a marine research scientist who has been […]

Las tortugas tornan el intercambio de calor al revez

Translated by Sandra Schleier — Original Post by BRITTNEY G. BOROWIEC Artículo: Davenport, J., Jones, T.T., Work, T.M., and Balazs, G.H. (2015). Topsy-turvy: turning the counter-current heat exchange of leatherback turtles upside down. Biology Letters. 11: 20150592. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0592. El control de la temperatura corporal es esencial para la maquinaria compleja y biológica de un organismo. Un animal debe manejar la […]

Unbelizeable, part II

A fieldwork faerie tale about an art/island paradise/conservation opportunity gone right caelCael was once told by a professor that applied mathematicians are ‘intellectual dilettantes,’ which has been a proud self-identification for Cael since that moment. Cael is a graduate student at MIT & Woods Hole, & studies the ocean from a mathematical perspective; right now […]

Ocean robots record California’s latest hot year

Using underwater gliders, researchers explain what caused the extremely warm ocean along the coast of California in 2014-2015 and what this might mean for local ecosystems. Veronica TamsittI’m a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla California. My research is focused on the Southern Ocean circulation and it’s role in climate. For […]

Solucionando Problemas Grandes: Las Represas

Translated by Sandra Schleier — Original Post by Derrick Alcott Artículo: Tonra, CM , Sager-Fradkin, K, Morley, SA, Duda, JJ, Marra, PP. 2015. The rapid return of marine-derived nutrients to a freshwater food web following dam removal . Biological Conservation, Vol 192, pp. 130-134. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.09.009 Introducción: En los Estados Unidos existe una gran cantidad de […]

Contaminación de plomo en las aguas de Antarctica: Hemos aprendido?

Translated by Sandra Schleier – Original Post by Carrie McDonough Artículo: Ndungu, K.; Zurbrick, C. M.; Stammerjohn, S.; Severmann, S.; Sherrell, R. M.; Flegal, A. R. “Lead sources to the Amundsen Sea, West Antartica.” Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05151 La investigación El uso de gasolina con plomo, entre el 1920 y 1970, emitió grandes […]

Arctic could become more biologically productive as ice melts

As Arctic sea-ice melts away, organisms will be exposed to more light and, potentially, more nutrients. Recent model work suggests that this combination will result in a more biologically active Arctic. But the net result might not be as positive as you think. Eric OrensteinEric is a PhD student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. […]

Are satellite tags the new dinner bell for harbor seals?

Satellite tags are being used to study the foraging behavior of fishes, but in the lab harbor seals have been found to be attracted to the acoustical signal given out by these tags. In the wild, does that mean these tags are acting as a dinner bell for harbor seals? Valeska UphamFor my fisheries and […]

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