Special Feature
Coral Reef Photo

In early August of this year, University of Washington biologist Peter Ward encountered an example of the extremely rare nautilus Allonautilus scrobiculatus. Considered by Ward potentially one of the rarest species in the world, not a single one has been seen since Ward's first expedition over three decades past in 1984. Read about his latest expedition on EurekAlert!.

Video:The invasive crown-of-thorns-starfish (COTS) accounts for an estimated 40 percent of the Great Barrier Reef's total decline in coral cover, but University of Queensland researchers have developed a new robotic system for eradicating it that will take the pressure off human divers. See through the eyes of their COTSbot here and read about it's development on EurekAlert!.

The Marine Science Portal on EurekAlert! was created through grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Ambrose Monell Foundation.

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Public Release: 15-Sep-2015
Review of Scientific Instruments
New tool for studying magnetic, self-propelled bacteria that resemble compass needles
In the Marvel Comics universe, Professor Xavier and the X-Men are only able to fend off archrival Magneto, the magnetic mutant with the ability to control metals, once they understand the scope of his powers. To better understand the behavior of the microbial world's Magnetos -- magnetically influenced water-dwellers known as magnetotactic bacteria -- three researchers have developed a tool that allows these microscopic species to be studied more easily, especially in their natural environment.

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
American Institute of Physics

Public Release: 14-Sep-2015
Biology Letters
A more acidic ocean will bend the mermaid's wineglass
New research from the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories shows that a more acidic ocean can weaken the protective shell of a delicate alga. The findings, published Sept. 9 in the journal Biology Letters, come at a time when global climate change may increase ocean acidification.
National Science Foundation, Mediterranean Sea Acidification Program

Contact: James Urton
University of Washington

Public Release: 14-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Research shows evolution in real time
In ongoing research to record the interaction of environment and evolution, a team led by University of California, Riverside biologist David Reznick has found new information illustrating the evolution of a population of guppies. Working in a river in Trinidad, the researchers determined which male guppies would contribute more offspring to the population as well as which would live longer and which would have a shorter lifespan.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 14-Sep-2015
NASA's RapidScat catches a day in the short life of Tropical Storm Vamco
Tropical Storm Vamco lived for two days in the South China Sea. On the day it developed into a depression the RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station provided forecasters data on its surface winds.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 14-Sep-2015
Journal of the Marine Biology Association of the United Kingdom
Researchers find major gaps in understanding risks, benefits of eating fish
Fish tissue is rarely measured for concentrations of both harmful contaminants and healthful nutrients across a range of species and geographic regions, say a Dartmouth researcher and her colleagues who reviewed the risks and benefits of eating seafood.

Contact: John Cramer
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 14-Sep-2015
Ecological Economics
Protected areas save mangroves, reduce carbon emissions
Protected areas not only keep significant swaths of Indonesia's shrinking mangrove habitats intact, but also prevent emissions of carbon dioxide that would have been released had these mangroves been cleared, according to a study in the journal Ecological Economics.
Linden Trust for Conservation and Roger and Victoria Sant

Contact: Erin McKenzie
Duke University

Public Release: 14-Sep-2015
Engineer receives rapid NSF support to probe water woes in Flint, Michigan
A Virginia Tech engineer is traveling to Flint, Michigan, this week as part of a National Science Foundation-funded $50,000 one-year study into a 'perfect storm' of water distribution system corrosion problems.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Steven Mackay
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 14-Sep-2015
Global Change Biology
World's turtles face plastic deluge danger
An international study led by a University of Queensland researcher has revealed more than half the world's sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish. The study, led by Dr. Qamar Schuyler from UQ's School of Biological Sciences, found the east coasts of Australia and North America, Southeast Asia, southern Africa, and Hawaii were particularly dangerous for turtles due to a combination of debris loads and high species diversity.
Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Earthwatch Australia, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Healthy Waterways and Australia Zoo

Contact: Dr. Qamar Schuyler
University of Queensland

Public Release: 11-Sep-2015
Remnants of ex-Tropical Storm Linda spreading inland
NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the remnants of former Tropical Storm Linda begin to spread inland over the northern Baja Peninsula of Mexico, and they are expected to affect the southwestern US over the next couple of days.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 11-Sep-2015
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP sees a lopsided Tropical Storm Henri
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Henri on Sept. 11 and saw that almost all of the clouds and showers associated with the storm were on the northeastern side of the storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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