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Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Marine Chemistry
New research sheds light on mercury pollution in estuaries, food chain
Two studies by Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues shed new light on mercury pollution in the waters of the northeastern United States.

Contact: John Cramer
john.cramer@dartmouth.edu
603-646-9130
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 4-Dec-2015
Citizen-science climate project adds logs from historic Arctic whaling ships
Old Weather is a citizen-science project that is mining historic ship logs to get a unique peek at Arctic climate over the past two centuries. The project just added hundreds of whaling ships that observed Arctic sea ice in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Contact: Hannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 4-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Ocean toxicity hampered the rapid evolution of complex life
By examining rocks at the bottom of ancient oceans, an international group of researchers have revealed that arsenic concentrations in the oceans have varied greatly over time. But also that in the very early oceans, arsenic co-varied with the rise of atmospheric oxygen and coincided with the coming and going of global glaciations. The study was recently published in the Nature Group Journal, Scientific Reports.
European Research Council

Contact: Dr Ernest Chi Fru, Stockhholm University
ernest.chifru@geo.su.se
46-073-333-3647
Stockholm University

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Protecting ocean species
A new study offers strategic guidance on the placement of marine protected areas to meet global conservation goals.

Contact: By James Badham
james@bren.ucsb.edu
805-893-5049
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
American Geophysical Union conference
Higher levels of Fukushima cesium detected offshore
Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of contaminated sites off the US West Coast, along with the highest detection level to date, from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San Francisco. The level of cesium in the sample is 50 percent higher than other samples collected, but is still more than 500 times lower than US government safety limits.
National Science Foundation, crowd funding

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

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Study: 17K marine species unprotected
A new study says that more than 17,000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected, with the US among the bottom in supporting formal marine protected areas that could safeguard marine biodiversity.

Contact: Stephen Sautner
ssautner@wcs.org
718-220-3682
Wildlife Conservation Society

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Cell
Stanford killifish project explores the genetic foundation of longevity
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have mapped the genome of an unusually short-lived fish, paving the way for scientists to use the organism to study how genes influence longevity.
NIH/Pioneer Award and Pathway to Independence Award, Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging, Dean's Fellowship/Stanford, and others

Contact: Krista Conger
kristac@stanford.edu
650-725-5371
Stanford University Medical Center

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Six University of South Florida professors elected AAAS Fellows
Six professors from the University of South Florida were recently elected as 2015 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). USF is ranked fourth worldwide for organizations with the most AAAS Fellows elected this year, tied with University of California, San Diego and University of Michigan. USF had the highest number of Fellows in Florida this year, and now has a total of 52 AAAS Fellows on its faculty.

Contact: Judy Lowry
jhlowry@usf.edu
813-974-3181
University of South Florida (USF Innovation)

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
States' fish consumption advisories are often not in line with federal recommendations
Fish consumption advisories are used to inform citizens about fish with potentially hazardous levels of toxins such as methyl mercury. When investigators examined five states that set their own recommendations regarding screening values for methyl mercury, the team found that the states issued fish consumption advisories for fewer than half of the water bodies that would have advisories if recommendations by the US Environmental Protection Agency were followed.

Contact: Dawn Peters
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
781-388-8408
Wiley

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
This week from AGU: Mediterranean seismic risk, & 3 new research papers
The eastern Mediterranean is more seismically active than previously assumed, a new study finds. On a geological time scale, seismic activity around the island of Crete has generated large earthquakes in bursts, potentially increasing the future risk for earthquakes and tsunamis in the region, according to a study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters.

Contact: Lillian Steenblik Hwang
lhwang@agu.org
202-777-7318
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Paleoceanography
Dissecting paleoclimate change
Using a core sample from the Santa Barbara Basin, UCSB researchers decipher the history of paleoclimate change with surprising results.

Contact: Julie Cohen
julie.cohen@ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
PLOS ONE
Vessel speed biggest factor in noise affecting killer whales
The speed of vessels operating near endangered killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor -- more so than vessel size -- in how much noise from the boats reaches the whales, according to a new study published Dec. 2 in the online journal PLOS ONE.
NOAA, University of Washington

Contact: Michelle Ma
mcma@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Science
Now is the time to uncover the secrets of the Earth's microbiomes
A group of scientists from 50 institutions recently called for an ambitious research effort -- the Unified Microbiome Initiative -- to understand and harness microbiomes, or communities of microorganisms. Now, in a far-ranging roundtable discussion, three of the paper's co-authors explain why this is the time to launch a major national effort to study the planet's least understood ecosystems.

Contact: Jim Cohen
cohen@kavlifoundation.org
805-278-7495
The Kavli Foundation

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Even thermally tolerant corals are in hot water when it comes to bleaching
Scientists have discovered that corals adapted to naturally high temperatures, such as those off the north west coast of Australia, are nonetheless highly susceptible to heat stress and bleaching.
Australian Research Council, Western Australian Marine Science Institution

Contact: Eleanor Gregory
eleanor.gregory@jcu.edu.au
61-042-878-5895
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
Royal Society Open Science
Researchers describe new North Pacific fossil whale
A new species of fossil baleen whale that lived in the North Pacific Ocean 30 to 33 million years ago has been described by researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago. The whale, named Fucaia buelli by the researchers, is transitional between ancient toothed whales and the baleen whales of modern seas. It is one of the oldest baleen whales ever found and, at a length of about 2-2.5m, also one of the smallest.

Contact: Ewan Fordyce
ewan.fordyce@otago.ac.nz
University of Otago

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
NOAA announces $4 million in funding to build coastal resilience
As part of its efforts to provide communities and businesses with products, tools, services, and funding to better address weather- and climate-related threats, today NOAA announced $4 million in recommended funding for six habitat restoration projects across the United States.

Contact: Kate Brogan
katherine.brogan@noaa.gov
301-427-8030
NOAA Headquarters

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting
2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting: Scientific program now online
Discover the latest in ocean science at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, taking place from Feb. 21-26, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will bring together researchers from the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.

Contact: Lauren Lipuma
llipuma@agu.org
202-777-7396
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
NASA IMERG data Hurricane Sandra's heavy rainfall
Hurricane Sandra fizzled in the southern Gulf of California before moving ashore but on its journey north it was close enough to drop more than two feet of rainfall along part of the coast of western Mexico. Data from NASA's Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) were used to estimate the amount of rainfall that hurricane Sandra produced during the period from Nov. 23-29, 2015.
NASA

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

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
Research targets role of dispersants in cleaning up after oil spills
Researchers are looking for answers to one of the most vexing questions that followed the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: Did the use of chemical dispersants help or hurt efforts to clean up the oil?
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Contact: Jeannie Kever
jekever@uh.edu
713-743-0778
University of Houston

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
Global warming disaster could suffocate life on planet Earth, research shows
University of Leicester researchers reveal how Earth's oxygen could dramatically fall due to change in ocean temperature of just several degrees

Contact: Professor Sergei Petrovskii
sp237@le.ac.uk
44-011-625-23916
University of Leicester

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
New map boosts understanding of complex UN climate regime
Researchers from Australia's Griffith University have helped create a comprehensive and interactive map of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Australian Research Council

Contact: Michael Jacobson
m.jacobson@griffith.edu.au
61-075-552-9250
Griffith University

Public Release: 1-Dec-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Camouflaged cuttlefish employ electrical stealth
In addition to its visual camouflage, the Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) has a stealth technology to protect itself from predators that might detect it in the electrical spectrum. The 'bioelectric fields' it masks aren't anything like the 500 volts an electric eel produces, they're just a tiny electrical artifact of the ion exchanges caused by the animal's metabolic processes, 75,000 times weaker than the voltage of an AAA battery.
US Office of Naval Research

Contact: Karl Leif Bates
karl.bates@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University

Public Release: 30-Nov-2015
Ecology Letters
A fine kettle of fish
Researchers determine that marine fish are influenced by the food supply upon which they depend and competition for those resources.

Contact: Julie Cohen
julie.cohen@ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 30-Nov-2015
Global Change Biology
Brook trout study identifies top climate change pressure factor
Results of a 15-year study of factors affecting populations of Eastern brook trout with climate change show high summer air temperatures have a large influence, in particular on the smallest fry and eggs, which are most important to wild trout abundance in streams. Findings reported in Global Change Biology are expected to help nonprofit watershed conservation groups and state and federal wildlife managers identify, prioritize and protect habitat at sites most likely to have fish in the future.
US Geological Surey, US Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service's North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative in Hadley, Mass

Contact: Janet Lathrop
jlathrop@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0444
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 30-Nov-2015
Frontiers in Earth Science
Climate change likely to increase black carbon input to the Arctic Ocean
University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Aron Stubbins led a team of researchers to determine the levels of black carbon in Arctic rivers and found that the input of black carbon to the Arctic Ocean is likely to increase with global warming. The results of their study were recently published in the journal Frontiers in Earth Science.

Contact: Stephanie Schupska
schupska@uga.edu
706-542-6927
University of Georgia

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