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Biofouling Organisms Tell All About The Age Of Lost Fishing Gears

Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears (ALDFG) constitute a significant portion of marine litter, with about 640,000 tons lost in the oceans every year. While submerged underwater, ALFDG get populated by biofouling organisms, which have a fascinating story to tell us about the age of lost fishing gear. Cindy LebrasseBorn and raised on Mauritius […]

Critically endangered ancient fish relative has life a 100 year life span

We are still making sense of coelacanths. Thought to be extinct, these rare, critically endangered, 400 million-year-old ancient fishes are now thought to live for 100 years and might be in even more danger than previously thought. Pablo Brenes CotoHello! I am a science communicator who loves sharing stories about the ocean. In my free […]

Taking a Bite of the Blue Economy

As Shark Week draws to a close, take a minute to check out how sharks are boosting ecotourism in Mexico.  Ashley MickensI recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science and Sustainability from Miami University of Ohio, and I’m currently working as a marine mammal observer in the Atlantic. While my undergraduate research focused […]

Deep Sea Mining Could Bring Havoc to the Ocean Floor

A new study finds that deep-sea mining could significantly decrease the biodiversity of the deep sea. It turns out that the rocks which people are trying to extract, provide a home to a great amount of biodiversity. Pablo Brenes CotoHello! I am a science communicator who loves sharing stories about the ocean. In my free […]

Image looking out at cloudy sky with green clear water below, taken from the deck of a boat near Chumbe Island Coral Park.

How citizen scientists are preventing coral bleaching

Researchers and citizen scientists teamed up across an enormous ocean region to document the 2016 coral bleaching event in the Western Indian Ocean. Centering on-the-ground perspectives in marine science is giving the world better tools and more thoughtful ways to help coastal communities thrive. Samantha SettaI’m a PhD student in the Rynearson Lab at the […]

High-TEK Turtle Monitoring: Lessons from Traditional Ecological Knowledge

In this new study carried out in Colombia, traditional ecological knowledge helps to shine a light on sea turtle and fishery management. Ashley MickensI recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science and Sustainability from Miami University of Ohio, and I’m currently working as a marine mammal observer in the Atlantic. While my undergraduate […]

Surf and TURF(s): A Cry for Kelp

How does kelp harvesting affect kelp populations? How can scientists use this information to better inform management policies? Hannah CollinsI’m a second year Masters student in Oceanography at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. My current research interests involve microplastics and their effects on marine suspension feeding bivalves, and biological solutions to the issue of […]

Sleeper Sharks: From the jaws of defeat

There are many stories of species close to extinction. Sometimes, species can go locally extinct, disappearing from a particular area. Once this happens, is it possible for species to return to that area? What can humans do to help these species come back? A success story from the Galapagos shark may hold some answers. Francesca […]

Will dead corals help reefs recover from disturbances?

This is a guest post by Kelly Wong. Kelly is a current Master’s student at California Sate University, Northridge in Dr. Peter Edmunds’ Polyp Lab. Her research focuses on the role of dead coral rubble in modulating coral populations and reef community dynamics. Diana FontaineI am a PhD student in the Rynearson Lab studying Biological […]

The Circle of Life: Understanding Lionfish Life Cycles

We know who’s the king of the jungle, but who’s the king of the reef? Lionfish may look cool, but they are actually invasive in the Atlantic and the adults have no natural predators. This new paper explains how understanding the early life stages of lionfish may help control their population in the Western Atlantic […]

The Regenerative Power of Whale Sharks

How fast can a whale shark heal from a wound? For the first time, researchers look deeper at the healing power of whale sharks which can even include the ability to re-grow a fin! Elena GadoutsisI have always been happiest in nature – exploring forests, traveling to the ocean, or working with wildlife. After obtaining my […]

Solo human casts fishing line into sea from a rocky cliff

Can a little bit of a good thing be worse than nothing at all?

The world’s oceans are increasingly managed as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) where human activities are carefully regulated to support ocean health. But the amount of protection in a marine protected area varies widely. A recent study begs the question — is partial protection actually worse than no protection at all? Ellie OldachHello! I’m a third-year […]

Mommy dearest: Female sperm whales are the pillars of their families

Still living with your mom? Nothing to be embarrassed about – especially if you are a sperm whale! Anastasia YandulskayaI am a PhD candidate at Northeastern University in Boston. I study regeneration of the nervous system in water salamanders called axolotls. In my free time, I like to read science fiction, bake, go on walks […]

Does coral size matter?

Nina Bean is a 2nd year master’s student at the California State University, Northridge in Dr. Peter Edmunds’ Polyp Lab. She is studying how coral traits and competitive outcomes scale with coral size at various life stages. When she is not doing research, she enjoys rock climbing, running, and underwater photography. Read her guest post […]

Plastic in the ocean chokes albatrosses

Albatrosses are amazing wanderers of the ocean, but they are threatened by ocean plastic pollution. Read on to learn more about how plastic leads to albatrosses’ death and why it’s a growing problem. Jiwoon ParkI am a PhD student in chemical oceanography at University of Washington. I am studying how different forms of metals in […]

Warming up to the neighborhood: a gentoo penguin’s new digs

With warming temperatures, scientists expect to see species popping up in environments where they’ve previously been absent. Climate change virtually guarantees animals will move into new regions, either following prey or searching for more familiar temperatures. In the case of the gentoo penguin, it means a new frontier as colonies push to the edges of […]

Missing the (Kelp) Forest for the Trees: An Overlooked Factor in Blue Carbon Storage

A recent study exposes an overlooked carbon sink in the form of kelp forests. According to scientists’ estimates, a kelp forest in Australia sequesters 3% of global carbon per year, and this has important implications for the rest of the global carbon budget. Ashley MickensI recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science and […]

Corals and scuba diver underwater

How to Plan a Marine Protected Area

The start of a new decade offers a chance to reflect on the past. We’ve missed our target conservation goals for global marine protected areas (MPAs), but maybe — just maybe — we’ve learned some important lessons about ocean governance along the way. In a recent paper, authors trace the history of MPA development in […]

Protecting the unknown: how scientists are evaluating conservation efforts in undescribed areas of the deep sea

Large areas of the seafloor are designated for deep-sea mining, but much of this seascape has not been sampled or described. Learn how scientists McQuid et al. layered environmental data to map potentially important habitats for conservation. Gabrielle StedmanI am currently a PhD student in Biological Oceanography at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. I […]

Fisheries, Food and the Future

As we approach 2021, the idea of “the future” seems closer than ever before. In a recent article, Cabral and his team propose a futuristic network of marine protected areas to help meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Ashley MickensI recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science and Sustainability from Miami […]

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