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Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
Scientists pioneer method to track water flowing through glaciers
Researchers for the first time have used seismic sensors to track meltwater flowing through glaciers and into the ocean, a critical step to understanding glaciers as climate changes. Meltwater moving through a glacier can increase melting and destabilize the glacier. It can speed the glacier's flow downhill. It can move boulders and other sediments toward the terminus of the glacier. And it can churn warm ocean water and bring it in contact with the glacier.
National Science Foundation, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, NASA, US Geological Survey, US Department of Interior

Contact: Anton Caputo
anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu
210-602-2085
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Mussels inspire development of waterproof adhesives
Nature provides spectacular examples of adhesives that work extraordinarily well in wet and harsh conditions. Mussels stick to boats and rocks by secretion of protein-based adhesives that demonstrate adhesion even in the harsh marine environment. Inspired by these marine creatures, Dr. Abraham Joy and Dr. Ali Dhinojwala and their teams at The University of Akron have developed a synthetic mimic of mussel adhesives using soybean oil as a starting material, which is a renewable resource.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lisa Craig
lmc91@uakron.edu
330-972-7429
University of Akron

Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
NASA stares Hurricane Hilda in the eye
NASA's Terra satellite passed over Hurricane Hilda and captured an image that clearly showed the storm's eye.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Newly identified tadpole disease found across the globe
Scientists have found that a newly identified and highly infectious tadpole disease is found in a diverse range of frog populations across the world. The discovery sheds new light on some of the threats facing fragile frog populations, which are in decline worldwide.

Contact: Louise Vennells
l.vennells@exeter.ac.uk
44-776-851-1866
University of Exeter

Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Nature Climate Change
Volcanic vents preview future ocean habitats
A world-first underwater study of fish in their natural environment by University of Adelaide marine ecologists has shown how predicted ocean acidification from climate change will devastate temperate marine habitats and biodiversity.

Contact: Ivan Nagelkerken
ivan.nagelkerken@adelaide.edu.au
61-477-320-551
University of Adelaide

Public Release: 9-Aug-2015
Geology
Big data maps world's ocean floor
Scientists from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences have led the creation of the world's first digital map of the seafloor's geology.
Science and Industry Endowment Fund

Contact: Jocelyn Prasad
jocelyn.prasad@sydney.edu.au
043-460-5018
University of Sydney

Public Release: 7-Aug-2015
Biology Letters
Land animals proliferate faster than aquatic counterparts
New analyses of vertebrate groups performed by UA evolutionary biologist John Wiens suggest that land animals proliferate more rapidly than their aquatic counterparts. The findings may help explain biodiversity patterns throughout the animal kingdom.

Contact: La Monica Everett-Haynes
leverett@email.arizona.edu
University of Arizona

Public Release: 7-Aug-2015
Shining a Light on Fish at Night
Shining a light on fish at night
Ahhh... a moonlight swim. The ocean at night can be enjoyed along with unseen inhabitants brushing up against you or nipping your toe, and topped off with that mesmerizing bioluminescent glow. But, have you ever wondered what is happening beneath the surface at night? At the 2015 Fish at Night Symposium, scientists will be shining a light on the activities of fishes and other ocean inhabitants at night.

Contact: Diana Udel
dudel@rsmas.miami.edu
305-421-4704
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 7-Aug-2015
Science
UGA researcher calls for more natural baseline data collection in world's oceans
According to University of Georgia's Samantha Joye, one of the biggest challenges in evaluating the environmental impacts of the Macondo blowout was the lack of baseline data -- both in the water column and along the seabed. As oil and natural gas drilling continues at depths well beyond that of where the Macondo wellhead blew out, Joye argues in the journal Science that environmental monitoring data is desperately needed to establish natural baselines.

Contact: Emily Davenport
davene@uga.edu
706-542-5893
University of Georgia

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015
Coral Reefs
Fish go deep to beat the heat
A James Cook University study shows fish retreating to deeper water to escape the heat, a finding that throws light on what to expect if predictions of ocean warming come to pass.

Contact: Alistair Bone
alistair.bone@jcu.edu.au
61-747-814-942
James Cook University

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015
Science
Science journal letter highlights salmon vulnerability
Simon Fraser University scientist Jonathan Moore has authored new research suggesting that a proposed controversial terminal to load fossil fuels in the Skeena River estuary has more far-reaching risks than previously recognized. In a letter newly published in the journal Science Moore and First Nations leaders and fisheries biologists from throughout the Skeena watershed refer to the new data, which is on the Moore Lab site.
Liber Ero Chair of Coastal Science and Management

Contact: Carol Thorbes
cthorbes@sfu.ca
778-782-3035
Simon Fraser University

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015
Satellite sees formation of Eastern Pacific's Tropical Storm Hilda
The GOES-West satellite captured images of Tropical Storm Hilda as it developed early on Aug. 6.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015
A GPM satellite 'bullseye' in Typhoon Soudelor
The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite passed directly over Typhoon Soudelor as it tracks through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015
NASA sees Tropical Storm Guillermo's big stretch
When you look at Tropical Storm Guillermo on infrared NASA satellite imagery it looks stretched out with a 'tail' of clouds extending to the northeast. That's because westerly wind shear continues to batter the storm and weaken it.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015
ZooKeys
Predator from a tank: New water mite genus from bromeliad phytotelmata
During an extensive sampling of the water mite fauna across the Atlantic rainforests of Brazil, a new mite genus has been proposed and diagnosed. The research also led to the discovery of a new species, called Bromeliacarus cardoso after its collection point, the State Park of Ilha do Cardoso, São Paulo, Brazil. The research is published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

Contact: Dr. Vladimir Pesic
vladopesic@gmail.com
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015
Nature Communications
Typhoon Haiyan's destructive tsunami-like waves generated by surf beat over a coral reef
The surf beat from storm waves during Typhoon Haiyan locally generated destructive tsunami-like waves in a town protected by a coral reef. Though reefs protect towns from waves during moderate storms, they can exacerbate damage during very strong storms. Worldwide, coastal flood mapping is based on a type of numerical model that cannot account for the generation of this type of tsunami-like wave. Therefore, a change in policy is necessary to assess the potential for this hazard in coastal communities.
Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Contact: Volker Roeber
roeber@irides.tohoku.ac.jp
81-227-522-088
Tohoku University

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
NSF selects first Long-Term Ecological Research network communications office
The National Science Foundation has selected the University of California Santa Barbara as the site for the first national Long-Term Ecological Research network communications office.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
NASA satellites analyze Typhoon Soudelor moving toward Taiwan
Heavy rain, towering thunderstorms, and a large area are things that NASA satellites observed as Typhoon Soudelor moves toward Taiwan on Aug. 5, 2015.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Armored in concrete, hardened shorelines lose the soft protections of coastal wetlands
Highlights from the August 2015 issue of ESA's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Contact: Liza Lester
llester@esa.org
202-833-8773 x211
Ecological Society of America

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
This week from AGU: Climate models, Earth's elasticity & 5 new research papers
Scientists have matched the output of climate models to the way the Earth's temperature record is constructed in a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Dan Satterfield explores how climate models are doing an even better job at predicting the Earth's temperature than was thought.

Contact: Leigh Cooper
lcooper@agu.org
202-777-7324
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
NASA looks at Tropical Storm Guillermo closing in on Hawaii
NASA's Terra satellite and RapidScat provided forecasters with information about Tropical Storm Guillermo, revealing that the strongest winds were on the northern and eastern sides.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
Nature
River buries permafrost carbon at sea
As temperatures rise, some of the organic carbon stored in Arctic permafrost meets an unexpected fate -- burial at sea. As many as 2.2 million metric tons of organic carbon per year are swept along by a single river system into Arctic Ocean sediment, according to a new study an international team of researchers published today in Nature.

Contact: WHOI Media Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
Study looks at best way to bring healthy streams back after development
Is it possible to truly restore a stream disturbed by housing developments and road construction? Can it return to its natural state, complete with buzzing insects and fish and worms that wiggle through its muddy bottom? Ecologist Robert Hilderbrand is about the find out.
Chesapeake Bay Trust

Contact: apelsinsky@umces.edu
apelsinsky@umces.edu
410-330-1389
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
Copeia
Nova Southeastern University researcher discovers a new deep-sea fish species
NSU researcher working in the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico has identified a new species of anglerfish. With the help of a colleague from the University of Washington, three female specimens from this new species have been cataloged and identified.

Contact: Joe Donzelli
jdonzelli@nova.edu
954-262-2159
Nova Southeastern University

Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
Journal of Experimental Biology
Parental experience may help coral offspring survive climate change
A new study from scientists at the University of Hawai'i - Mānoa's Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology reveals that preconditioning adult corals to increased temperature and ocean acidification resulted in offspring that may be better able to handle those future environmental stressors. This rapid trans-generational acclimatization may be able to 'buy time' for corals in the race against climate change.
National Science Foundation, National Marine Sanctuary Program and Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Reserve Partnership, International Society for Reef Studies, Ocean Conservancy, American Fisheries Society, and US Environmental Protection Agency

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
mworkman@hawaii.edu
808-956-3151
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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