Climate change affects ecosystems worldwide, but how do conservationists decide which of planet earth’s ecosystems are most in need?
After migrating thousands of miles from their southern wintering grounds, males of a certain species of shorebird log thousands more miles scouring the summer territories for fertile females. It’s pretty nuts.
Atlantic killifish are spared extinction in the face of pollution thanks to their remarkable genetic diversity.
DNA from bacteria living in Antarctic sea ice provides a clue to the mysterious origins of methyl mercury in seawater in the Southern Ocean.
A glimpse of the thousands’ mile migration of the European eel shows it’s anything but straightforward.
Choosing the right symbiont might be a coral’s ticket to cheating global warming.
Kelp forests are all but disappearing due to record ocean temperatures leading to a fogging of boundaries between traditional ecosystems.
Cancer is not normally thought of as an infectious disease, but researchers have discovered transmissible cancers in mussels and clams adding to a cadre of examples of contagious cancers.
Scientists sequenced the microbiomes of several baleen whales that are strict carnivores and found some startling similarities to the microbiomes of terrestrial herbivores.
Scientists report bacterial species capable of performing the two-step process of nitrification, traditionally thought to exist only as a division of labor between two functionally distinct bacteria.
Scientists have demonstrated that a human-induced extinction of a tropical lake fish was unwittingly assisted by a millions year old evolutionary adaptation.
Carbon dioxide emissions are bad for marine ecosystems, and maybe even worse than we think.
This is part two of three in a series on the recent ArcticMix expedition lead by Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) scientists aimed at better understanding the mysterious sources of heat leading the faster-than-predicted rate of Arctic ice-melt due to global warming. Oceanbites sat down with Elizabeth “Effie” Fine, a second-year physical oceanography graduate student at SIO to discuss her experiences in the field, and how she became an Arctic explorer.
Scientists think that particles exuded by single-cell plankton ejected into the atmosphere by sea-spray affect ice formation in clouds, and thereby the lifetime of the clouds and their ability to deflect sunlight.
The octopus genome sheds light on the strange intelligence of a mysterious creature.
Why some coral can take the heat better than others is in their DNA.
Scientists have sequenced the microbial diversity of the world’s oceans unlocking the secrets of the microbes that run our planet.
Scientists think they’ve found an ancient link to the eukaryotic cell from the deep down in the ocean, and it’s an archaeon.
The ability of sea urchins to withstand ocean acidification comes at a hidden cost.
We owe our hard heads to our invertebrate ancestors.