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Public Release: 26-May-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory
A research team led by Sean Connolly, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, has today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the 'Neutral Theory of Biodiversity'. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts. The study, the largest of its kind, covers a broad range of marine ecosystems on Earth and has important implications for how marine conservation areas are managed.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Contact: Sean Connolly
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 25-May-2014
Nature Climate Change
Climate change accelerates hybridization between native and invasive species of trout
Scientists have discovered that the rapid spread of hybridization between a native species and an invasive species of trout in the wild is strongly linked to changes in climate. Experts have long predicted that climate change could decrease worldwide biodiversity through cross-breeding between invasive and native species, but this study is the first to directly and scientifically support this assumption.
US Geological Survey

Contact: Clint Muhlfeld
United States Geological Survey

Public Release: 23-May-2014
Dawn breaks on Tropical Storm Amanda in Eastern Pacific
Shortly after dawn broke in the Eastern Pacific Ocean this morning, May 23, Tropical Depression 1E organized and strengthened into the first tropical storm of the season: Amanda.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 23-May-2014
An infrared NASA eye sees a weaker System 92B
System 92B appears to have weakened in the last day as an infrared look at the tropical low pressure area's cloud temperatures have shown.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 23-May-2014
NASA sees first tropical depression of Eastern Pacific hurricane season
One week after the official start of hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the first tropical depression was born hundreds of miles southwest of Mexico.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 22-May-2014
Two NASA Satellites see System 92b headed north in Bay of Bengal
NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites captured radar and infrared data on developing tropical low pressure area System 92B as it now makes it way north through the Bay of Bengal.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 22-May-2014
Scientists announce top 10 new species for 2014
An appealing carnivorous mammal, a 12-meter-tall tree that has been hiding in plain sight and a sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier are among the species identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's International Institute for Species Exploration as the top 10 species discovered last year.

Contact: Claire B. Dunn
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Public Release: 21-May-2014
GSA Bulletin
Ka'ena Volcano: First building block for O'ahu discovered
Researcher John Sinton of the University of Hawai'i along with colleagues from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and the French National Center for Scientific Research have announced the discovery of an ancient Hawaiian volcano. Now located in a region of shallow bathymetry extending about 100 km WNW from Ka'ena Point at the western tip of O'ahu, this volcano, which they have named Ka'ena, would have risen about 1,000 meters above sea level 3.5 million years ago.

Contact: Kea Giles
Geological Society of America

Public Release: 21-May-2014
Trends in Parasitology
Scientist uncovers links connecting environmental changes with spike in infectious disease
Smithsonian scientist Bert Van Bocxlaer and a team of researchers revealed that anthropogenic changes in Africa's Lake Malaŵi are a driving force behind the increase of urogenital schistosomiasis, a debilitating disease caused by parasitic flatworms. In some villages along Lake Malaŵi, 73 percent of people and up to 94 percent of schoolchildren are infected. The research suggests the spike in infection is linked to an increase in human populations and agricultural activities near Lake Malaŵi.

Contact: Kathryn Sabella

Public Release: 21-May-2014
NASA sees developing tropical cyclone in Bay of Bengal
A tropical low pressure area known as System 92B has been organizing in the Northern Indian Ocean's Bay of Bengal and NASA's TRMM satellite has shown strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in the developing storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 21-May-2014
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
Dam removal improves shad spawning grounds, may boost survival rate
Research from North Carolina State University finds that dam removal improves spawning grounds for American shad and seems likely to improve survival rates for adult fish, juveniles and eggs -- but for different reasons.
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 21-May-2014
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
New tide gauge uses GPS signals to measure sea level change
A new way of measuring sea level using satellite navigation system signals, for instance GPS, has been implemented by scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Sea level and its variation can easily be monitored using existing coastal GPS stations, the scientists have shown.

Contact: Robert Cumming
Chalmers University of Technology

Public Release: 20-May-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Humpback whale subspecies revealed by genetic study
A new genetic study has revealed that populations of humpback whales in the oceans of the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere are much more distinct from each other than previously thought, and should be recognized as separate subspecies. Understanding how connected these populations are has important implications for the recovery of these charismatic animals that were once devastated by hunting.
New Zealand Royal Society, Lenfest Ocean Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Rachel Law
British Antarctic Survey

Public Release: 20-May-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Bottom trawling causes deep-sea biological desertification
A study led by scientists from the Polytechnic University of Marche -- Ancona, Italy -- involving researchers from the Institute of Marine Sciences and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, has determined that fishing trawling causes intensive, long-term biological desertification of the sedimentary seabed ecosystems, diminishing their content in organic carbon and threatening their biodiversity.

Contact: Maria Jesus Delgado
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Public Release: 19-May-2014
Mars mineral could be linked to microbes
Scientists have discovered that living organisms on Earth were capable of making a mineral that may also be found on Mars.

Contact: Press Office
Australian National University

Public Release: 19-May-2014
Reviews in Fish­eries Sci­ence & Aqua­cul­ture
Better science for better fisheries management
Northeastern University researchers are studying, in the first of a series of research articles, how various types of fishing gear can impact the Northeast region's fisheries.

Contact: Casey Bayer
Northeastern University

Public Release: 19-May-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Brain steroids make good dads
Insights from a highly social fish can help understand how other androgenic steroids, like testosterone, can shape a male's parenting skills, according to a recent Georgia State University research study.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Science Foundation, Georgia State University

Contact: LaTina Emerson
Georgia State University

Public Release: 19-May-2014
Report finds site of mega-development project in Mexico is a biodiversity hotspot
Cabo Pulmo is a close-knit community in Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the best preserved coral reef in the Gulf of California. But the lands adjacent to the reef are under threat from a mega-development project, 'Cabo Dorado,' should construction go ahead. Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have published a report on the terrestrial biodiversity of the Cabo Pulmo region that shows the project is situated in an area of extreme conservation value.
Ocean Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Moebius Partners LLC

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 19-May-2014
The spot-tail golden bass: A new fish species from deep reefs of the southern Caribbean
Smithsonian scientists describe a new species of small coral reef sea bass from underexplored deep-reef depths of Curaçao, southern Caribbean. With predominantly yellow body and fins, the new species, Liopropoma santi, more closely resembles the other two 'golden basses' found together with it at Curaçao, L. aberrans and L. olneyi, than the striped species that occur on shallower reefs. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

Contact: Carole C. Baldwin
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 19-May-2014
Current Biology
How octopuses don't tie themselves in knots revealed by Hebrew University scientists
Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have discovered how octopuses avoid getting tangled up in themselves. Their results suggest that a chemical signal in octopus' skin inhibits sucker grabbing so that octopuses don't grab onto themselves. The researchers hope their findings will lead to new classes of robots and control systems, and are sharing their findings with European Commission project STIFF-FLOP, which aims to develop a flexible surgical manipulator in the shape of an octopus arm.
European Commission EP-7 projects STIFF-FLOP and OCTOPUS

Contact: Dov Smith
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Public Release: 19-May-2014
Geophysical Research Letters
Antarctica's ice losses on the rise
Three years of observations show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year -- twice as much as when it was last surveyed.
Natural Environment Research Council

Contact: Chris Bunting
University of Leeds

Public Release: 18-May-2014
Nature Geoscience
Cutoff switch may limit spread, duration of oxygen minimum zones
A new study examining the impact of iron released from continental margin sediments has documented a natural limiting switch that may keep these ocean systems from developing a runaway feedback loop that could lead to unchecked hypoxic areas, or persistent 'dead zones.'
National Science Foundation

Contact: Florian Scholz
Oregon State University

Public Release: 18-May-2014
Nature Geoscience
Greenland will be far greater contributor to sea rise than expected
Greenland's icy reaches are far more vulnerable to warm ocean waters from climate change than had been thought, according to new research by UC Irvine and NASA glaciologists. The work, published today in Nature Geoscience, shows previously uncharted deep valleys stretching for dozens of miles under the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Contact: Janet Wilson
University of California - Irvine

Public Release: 16-May-2014
Researchers call for better ocean stewardship
NSU researcher Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., joins colleagues from organizations around the world who specialize in studying and exploring the deepest regions of our oceans to pen a cautionary tale that urges we take a critical look at how we're treating our seas.

Contact: Joe Donzelli
Nova Southeastern University

Public Release: 15-May-2014
Geological Society of America Bulletin
On the shoulder of a giant: Precursor volcano to the island of O'ahu discovered
Researchers recently discovered that O'ahu, Hawai'i, actually consists of three major Hawaiian shield volcanoes, not two, as previously thought. Extending almost 100 km WNW from the western tip of the island of O'ahu is the submarine Ka'ena Ridge, a region that has now been recognized to represent a precursor volcano to the island of O'ahu, and on whose flanks the Wai'anae and Ko'olau Volcanoes later formed.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST

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