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Public Release: 21-May-2015
Science
New insights into global ocean microbe-virus interactions, drivers of Earth's ecosystems
Ocean microbes are vital to the Earth's ecosystems, and their interactions with ocean viruses can have dramatic effects on processes ranging from oxygen production to food supply. A UA-led international team has uncovered new information about the way marine viruses and microbes interact on a global scale, which may allow researchers to predictively model their complex interactions. The study is featured in a special issue of Science covering work from the Tara Oceans Expeditions.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Contact: Daniel Stolte
stolte@email.arizona.edu
520-626-4402
University of Arizona

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Scientists announce top 10 new species for 2015
A cartwheeling spider, a bird-like dinosaur and a fish that wriggles around on the sea floor to create a circular nesting site are among the species identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Top 10 New Species for 2015.

Contact: Claire B. Dunn
cbdunn@esf.edu
315-470-6650
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Science
Sudden onset of ice loss in Antarctica detected
A group of scientists, led by a team from the University of Bristol, UK has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. The research is published today in Science.

Contact: Hannah Johnson
hannah.johnson@bristol.ac.uk
44-117-928-8896
University of Bristol

Public Release: 20-May-2015
The Auk
Arctic ducks combine nutrients from wintering and breeding grounds to grow healthy eggs
It takes a lot of nutrients to build an egg. One of the big questions among researchers who study the eggs of migratory birds is where those nutrients come from -- does the mother make the egg directly out of what she eats during the breeding season, or does she save up nutrients consumed on her wintering grounds? The answer appears to be both for Common Eiders, large, sea-going ducks that breed in the Arctic.

Contact: Keith Hobson
keith.hobson@ec.gc.ca
Central Ornithology Publication Office

Public Release: 20-May-2015
NASA sees Extra-Tropical Storm Dolphin moving toward Sea of Okhotsk
Tropical Storm Dolphin transitioned into an extra-tropical storm and NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the storm on its way toward the Sea of Okhotsk.
NASA

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

Public Release: 20-May-2015
NASA analyzed the winds of Tropical Storm Ana
In mid-May 2015, Ana became the first named tropical storm of the North Atlantic hurricane season. May is early to see large storms in the Atlantic; the season begins in earnest on June 1.
NASA

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

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
G.Harris@soton.ac.uk
44-023-805-93212
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
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
781-388-8408
Wiley

Public Release: 20-May-2015
PLOS ONE
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
ben.sherman@noaa.gov
301-713-3066
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
julie.cohen@ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 20-May-2015
PLOS ONE
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
onepress@plos.org
PLOS

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
plreynolds@ucdavis.edu
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.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
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.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
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
dudel@rsmas.miami.edu
305-421-4704
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
ingrid.soderbergh@umu.se
46-706-040-334
Umea University

Public Release: 18-May-2015
ZooKeys
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
awall@nhm.org
213-763-3450
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
jbardi@aip.org
240-535-4954
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
aminshah@ntu.edu.sg
65-679-04714
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.
NASA

Contact: Lynn Jenner
lynn.a.jenner@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 15-May-2015
Science
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
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
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
pressoffice@exeter.ac.uk
44-139-272-2062
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
sandra.leander@asu.edu
480-965-9865
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
mcma@uw.edu
206-543-2580
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
lee.siegel@utah.edu
801-244-5399
University of Utah

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