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.
A classic climate “Whodunit”? Can researchers get to the bottom of the mystery of the cooling eastern Pacific Ocean, three decades in the making?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 Brazil’s vulnerable microbiomes: sand dunes.
The tiny bubbles produced by ship’s wakes reflect light and cool the planet. Could they be manipulated to counteract global warming?
Scientists sequenced the microbiomes of several baleen whales that are strict carnivores and found some startling similarities to the microbiomes of terrestrial herbivores.
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!
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.
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 […]
A fieldwork faerie tale about an art/island paradise/conservation opportunity gone right
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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?