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Biotic and Human Vulnerability to Projected Changes in Ocean Biogeochemistry over the 21st Century

Mora, Camilo, et al. "Biotic and human vulnerability to projected changes in ocean biogeochemistry over the 21st century." PLoS biology 11.10 (2013): e1001682. Abstract Ongoing greenhouse gas emissions can modify climate processes and induce shifts in ocean temperature, pH, oxygen concentration, and productivity, which in turn could alter biological and social systems. Here, we provide […]

November 27, 2013
Large study shows pollution impact on coral reefs — and offers solution

Contact: Rebecca Vega-Thurber [email protected] 541-737-1851 Oregon State University PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 26-Nov-2013   CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of the largest and longest experiments ever done to test the impact of nutrient loading on coral reefs today confirmed what scientists have long suspected – that this type of pollution from sewage, agricultural practices or other sources […]

November 13, 2013
Fears crown of thorns starfish plague will wreak havoc on Great Barrier Reef

Thu 7 Nov 2013, 8:03am AEDT. ABCNews Scientists are worried the Great Barrier Reef is on the verge of being hit by the most damaging crown of thorns starfish outbreak on record. Sections of the reef between Cooktown and Cairns are already in the grip of an outbreak, the fourth recorded since the 1960s. "At […]

October 17, 2013
Surviving in a Marine Desert: The Sponge Loop Retains Resources Within Coral Reefs

Dr. Ir. J.M. de Goeij. University of Amsterdam (UvA). Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics – Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology (IBED-AEE) Sponges retain the majority of energy and nutrients produced on coral reefs, dissolved organic matter (DOM), and transfer it to reef fauna as cellular debris through a rapid cell turnover. DOM transfer through th […]

Urgent New Time Frame for Climate Change Revealed by Massive Analysis

Science Daily. Oct. 9, 2013 — The seesaw variability of global temperatures often engenders debate over how seriously we should take climate change. But within 35 years, even the lowest monthly dips in temperatures will be hotter than we've experienced in the past 150 years, according to a new and massive analysis of all climate […]

October 9, 2013
Sponges help coral reefs thrive in ocean deserts

By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News. 7 October 2013 The mystery of how coral reefs thrive in "ocean deserts" has been solved, scientists say. Reefs are among Earth's most vibrant ecosystems, yet they flourish in waters lacking nutrients – a phenomenon known as Darwin's Paradox. A team found that sponges keep the reef alive […]

October 4, 2013
98% of wild-caught saltwater fish die within 1 year "For each fish that survives, 90 are flushed down the toilet." October 2013. Though Finding Nemo introduced millions of viewers to the beauty of saltwater fish, Nemo and most of his friends may literally end up down the drain. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) estimates that as many as 98 out of […]

Research provides insights into marine disease and climate

By Krishna Ramanujan. August 2, 2013. Cornell Cronicle Climate changes have increased the occurrence of infectious diseases in some natural and agricultural systems, and developing predictive early-warning systems will be crucial to combat their spread. A review article in the Aug. 2 issue of Science presents the current state of the science and forecasting recommendations. […]

Scientists discover genes involved in immunity of sea fans to coral diseases

      See photo gallery for sea fan 'Message in a Bottle.' Credit and Larger Version July 24, 2013 The following is part five in a series on the NSF-NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) Program. Like all of us, corals get sick. They respond to pathogens (disease-causing microbes) and recover or […]

July 22, 2013
First global atlas of marine plankton revealing underwater world published

News Desk on July 20, 2013 Washington, July 20 (ANI): A team of international researchers have compiled the first ever global atlas cataloguing marine plankton ranging in size from bacteria to jellyfish, to identify where, when, and how much oceanic plankton can be found around the globe. The atlas, known as the Marine Ecosystem Biomass […]