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Researchers at the KAUST Red Sea Research Center have sequenced the genome of Zostera marina, the very first marine flowering plant ever to receive the treatment. Their findings shed light on how the species adapted from the deep to seas to shallow ponds and back again over hundreds of millions of years. Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

Video: After reviewing more than 52 hours of octopus footage, researchers at Alaska Pacific University and University of Sydney are challenging the prevailing notion that octopi use their color-changing abilities only to hide from predators. They describe a more nuanced interpretation of octopi using color-changing along with body gestures as methods of social communication. Watch some of that video here and read about their research on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 1-Feb-2016
Major storm events play key role in biogeochemistry of watersheds
A new Yale-led study finds that heavy weather events cause an inordinate amount of organic material to bypass headwater systems, pushing them downstream into larger rivers and coastal waters and inland basins -- with profound implications for water quality through the watershed.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Dennehy
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Public Release: 1-Feb-2016
Unprecedented: Expedition recovers mantle rocks with signs of life
An international team of scientists -- recently returned from a 47-day research expedition to the mid-Atlantic -- have collected an unprecedented sequence of rock samples from the shallow mantle of the ocean crust that bear signs of life, unique carbon cycling, and ocean crust movement. Led by Co-Chief Scientists Drs. Gretchen Früh-Green (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA), these unique samples were collected using unique seabed rock drills.
European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling, International Ocean Discovery Program

Contact: Darlene Trew Crist
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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
US fisheries management clears high bar for sustainability
A peer-reviewed self-assessment that shows the standards of the United States fishery management system under the Magnuson-Stevens Act exceed the criteria of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization's ecolabelling guidelines. The US fisheries management system is particularly strong when considering responsiveness and science-based criteria. Beyond the biological and ecosystem criteria, the assessment also pointed out that the U.S. system incorporates the social and economic components of fisheries essential for effective long-term stewardship.

Contact: Jennie Lyons
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
MARCO Forum on Ocean Assessment and Data Syntheses Products
Mid-atlantic states present ocean data products
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), a five state partnership of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, today released an ambitious and wide-ranging set of information on the vast natural resources and economically-important uses of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, which contribute to the health and vibrancy of the region's coastal communities. The analytical data included in this release are a significant step forward in improving the scientific basis for regional ocean decision-making.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO)

Contact: Arlo Hemphill
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Stan threaten Australia's Pilbara Coast
NASA satellites provided data as the tropical low pressure area known as System 92S has consolidated and intensified into Tropical Cyclone Stan, north of the Pilbara area of Western Australia. NASA provided forecasters cloud extent, winds and rainfall data.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
Scientific Reports
Ocean acidification impacting population demography and hindering adaptation potential
Ocean acidification may be impacting upon the population dynamics of marine species and hindering their ability to genetically adapt to future climate change. These are the findings of a team of scientists, whose report is published in the journal Scientific Reports, following an investigation into how the gastropod Hexaplex trunculus has responded to ocean acidification over multiple generations.

Contact: Andrew Merrington
University of Plymouth

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
Icy ebb and flow influenced by hydrothermal activity
Hydrothermal activity along the mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the release of molten rock, or magma, in response to changes in seal level plays a significant role in the earth's climate.

Contact: David Lund,, Dept. of Marine Sciences, UConn
University of Connecticut

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
Bulletin of Marine Science
Laboratory-bred corals reproduce in the wild
Researchers of SECORE International (USA, Germany), the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and the Carmabi Marine Research Station (Curaçao) have for the first time successfully raised laboratory-bred colonies of a threatened Caribbean coral species to sexual maturity. These findings have been published in the latest issue of the scientific journal Bulletin of Marine Science.
European Union Seventh Framework Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Green Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, TUI C

Contact: Carin Jantzen
SECORE international

Public Release: 28-Jan-2016
PLOS Genetics
NYU research: Shedding light on genetic switches
The study analyzes the regions of DNA that switch on gene expression in the notochord, called notochord cis-regulatory modules. The paper presents a systematic analysis of CRMs that share the distinctive property of turning on gene expression in the notochord.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, March of Dimes Foundation, Uehara Memorial Foundation of Japan, Alice Bohmfalk Charitable Trust

Contact: Christopher James
New York University

Public Release: 28-Jan-2016
NASA sees developing depression threatening northwestern Australia
NASA's GPM satellite gathered rainfall rate and cloud height data on the newly developed tropical low pressure area designated System 92S in the Indian Ocean off Australia's northwestern coast. The low pressure area is expected to become a depression in the next day or two, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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