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Public Release: 20-May-2015
International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal
Surviving harsh environments becomes a death-trap for specialist corals
The success of corals that adapt to survive in the world's hottest sea could contribute to their demise through global warming, according to new research.
Natural Environment Research Council, European Research Council

Contact: Glenn Harris
University of Southampton

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Journal of Applied Ecology
Offshore wind turbine construction could be putting seals' hearing at risk
Noise from pile driving during offshore wind turbine construction could be damaging the hearing of harbour seals around the UK, according to ecologists who attached GPS data loggers to 24 harbor seals while offshore wind turbines were being installed in 2012. Data on the seals' locations and their diving behaviour was combined with information from the wind farm developers on when pile driving was taking place. Models revealed that half of the tagged seals were exposed to noise levels that exceeded hearing damage thresholds.

Contact: Dawn Peters

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Deepwater Horizon oil spill contributed to high number of Gulf dolphin deaths
As part of an unusual mortality event investigation, a team of scientists has discovered that dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico since the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have lung and adrenal lesions consistent with petroleum product exposure according to a paper published today in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE.
Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Contact: Ben Sherman
NOAA Headquarters

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Journal of Experimental Biology
Seeing without eyes
The skin of the California two-spot octopus can sense light even without input from the central nervous system.

Contact: Julie Cohen
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Paleontologists discover the first dinosaur fossil in Washington State
The fossils of the first dinosaur fossil from Washington State were collected along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands, and described in a study.

Contact: Kayla Graham

Public Release: 19-May-2015
Ecology Letters
Bugs and slugs ideal houseguests for seagrass health
A simultaneous experiment spanning 15 sites across the Northern Hemisphere shows biodiversity is as important as reducing fertilizer runoff for valuable seagrass ecosystems.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Pamela Reynolds
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 19-May-2015
NASA's triple examination of Typhoon Dolphin
Three different platforms have been examining Typhoon Dolphin as it moves through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-May-2015
NASA tracks Typhoon Dolphin on approach to Iwo To
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over a weakening Typhoon Dolphin on May 18 as it moved closer to Iwo To island, Japan, in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-May-2015
UM-based cooperative research institute receives $125 million award, renewed agreement
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies up to $125 million to fund the consortium's activities over the next five years. CIMAS, which is based at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, brings together the research and educational resources of 10 partner universities to increase scientific understanding of Earth's oceans and atmosphere within the context of NOAA's mission.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Contact: Diana Udel
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 18-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Historical land use an important factor for carbon cycling in northern lakes
The historical past is important in understanding environmental conditions today and predicting how these might change in the future. This is according to researchers from Umeå University in Sweden, whose analyses of lake-sediment records show how lake-water carbon concentrations have varied depending on long-term natural dynamics over thousands of years, but also in response to human impacts over the past several hundred years. The study has been published in PNAS.

Contact: Ingrid Söderbergh
Umea University

Public Release: 18-May-2015
New species of marine roly poly pillbug discovered near Port of Los Angeles
A new research paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys reports on a discovery made during a Los Angeles class fieldtrip -- a new species of marine pillbug. While documenting the new species, a second new species of pillbug originally collected 142 years ago by biologists on a wooden sailing ship in Alaska was discovered in a collection room at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) by researchers Adam Wall and Dr. Regina Wetzer.

Contact: Adam Wall
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 18-May-2015
169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
I knew it was you by the sound of your (whale) voice
The same theory that explains individual differences in human speech has recently been applied to other members of the animal kingdom, including dogs and deer. Now researchers from Syracuse University in New York are working to understand whether individually distinctive vocal characteristics of North Atlantic right whales could be used to identify and track individuals -- a potentially useful tool for studying an endangered species that spends much of its life hidden under the water.

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
Acoustical Society of America

Public Release: 17-May-2015
Environmental Science & Technology
Scientists discover tiny microbes with potential to cleanse waterways
A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways has the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators.

Contact: Nur Amin Shah
Nanyang Technological University

Public Release: 15-May-2015
Typhoon Dolphin looms over Guam
Typhoon Dolphin passed through the Northern Marianas today just to the north of Guam with sustained winds estimated at 95 knots.

Contact: Lynn Jenner
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 15-May-2015
Revealing the ocean's hidden fertilizer
Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism -- humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day -- we're rarely concerned about consuming enough because it is in most of the foods we eat.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 15-May-2015
Over 50 years of marine litter research now available to all in new book
University of Exeter researcher, professor Tamara Galloway, has contributed to one of the most expansive summaries of our knowledge of man-made litter in the world's oceans to date. The new book, 'Marine Anthropogenic Litter' is published by Springer and is set to be available through open access, allowing its content to reach the wider audience that is so necessary to raise awareness of this important challenge.

Contact: Jo Bowler
University of Exeter

Public Release: 15-May-2015
The Future of Phosphorus
Scientists gather in DC to tackle phosphorus sustainability issues
Researchers from Arizona State University and 40 other scientists, engineers, technical experts and policy makers from around the world, are convening in Washington, D.C. May 18-21 to study ways to create a sustainable phosphorus (P) fertilizer system. The use of phosphorus, a key component of fertilizers, is increasing around the world. The runoff of phosphorus from farms and cities is creating algal blooms, which often lead to 'dead zones' in rivers, lakes and coastal oceans.

Contact: Sandra Leander
Arizona State University

Public Release: 15-May-2015
Science Advances
Chemical tags in ear bones track Alaska's Bristol Bay salmon
A chemical signature recorded on the ear bones of Chinook salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay region could tell scientists and resource managers where they are born and how they spend their first year of life.
Alaska Sea Grant, US Geological Survey National Institute of Water Resources

Contact: Michelle Ma
University of Washington

Public Release: 15-May-2015
Science Advances
New tool to save salmon: Isotope tracking
Salmon carry a strontium chemical signature in their 'ear bones' that lets scientists identify specific streams where the fish hatched and lived before they were caught at sea. The new tool may help pinpoint critical habitats for fish threatened by climate change, industrial development and overfishing.
Alaska Sea Grant, US Geological Survey

Contact: Lee J. Siegel
University of Utah

Public Release: 14-May-2015
Video game could transform middle school students' online learning
With more middle school students learning online every year, experts have identified a growing need for high-quality educational approaches that take advantage of current technology. The Department of Education recently awarded a group of researchers at the University of Missouri $2.7 million to support the development of an educational video game for middle school distance learners.
US Department of Education

Contact: Christian Basi
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 14-May-2015
Typhoon Dolphin closing in on Guam
A tight, highly developed and organized Typhoon Dolphin is closing in on Guam as it cruises across the Pacific at 16 knots. It is currently located 290 miles east southeast of Andersen AFB located in Guam. The RapidScat image taken on May 14, 2015, shows a very tight spiral of winds in the center which shows a very organized storm eye. Winds at present are at 95 knots gusting to 115 (109-132 mph).

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 14-May-2015
Species in the Spotlight campaign highlights NOAA Fisheries' endangered species conservation efforts
NOAA Fisheries announced today a new Species in the Spotlight campaign to focus recovery and public education efforts on eight marine species that are at risk of extinction.

Contact: Kate Brogan
NOAA Headquarters

Public Release: 14-May-2015
Nature Reviews Microbiology
Further assessment needed of dispersants used in response to oil spills
New commentary in Nature Reviews Microbiology by Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia and her colleagues argues for further in-depth assessments of the impacts of dispersants on microorganisms to guide their use in response to future oil spills.

Contact: Samantha Joye
University of Georgia

Public Release: 14-May-2015
Revealing the ocean's hidden fertilizer
Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism -- humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day -- we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat. Despite its ubiquity and living organisms' utter dependence on it, we know surprisingly little about how it moves, or cycles, through the ocean environment.
National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation

Contact: WHOI Media Relations Office
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 14-May-2015
New research reveals first warm-blooded fish
New research by NOAA Fisheries has revealed the opah, or moonfish, as the first fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its body much like mammals and birds, giving it a competitive advantage in the cold ocean depths.

Contact: Jim Milbury
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

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