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Evolution of life in the ocean changed 170 million years ago
New research led by the University of Plymouth identifies a previously overlooked global event which changed the course of the evolution of life in the oceans. (2019-07-01)
Dinoflagellate plankton glow so that their predators won't eat them
Some dinoflagellate plankton species are bioluminescent, with a remarkable ability to produce light to make themselves and the water they swim in glow. (2019-06-17)
Sediment from fishing choking out sea sponges, study shows
Sediment stirred up from fishing activity has a negative effect on reef-building sea sponges in northern British Columbia, according to a new study by University of Alberta biologists. (2019-06-06)
Microorganisms on microplastics
A recent study shows that that the potentially toxin-producing plankton species Pfiesteria piscicida prefers to colonize plastic particles, where they are found in 50 times higher densities than in the surrounding water of the Baltic Sea and densities about two to three times higher than on comparable wood particles floating in the water. (2019-06-05)
Fossil zooplankton indicate that marine ecosystems have entered the Anthropocene
Climate change caused by humans impacts species diversity and ecosystems. (2019-05-28)
Plankton as a climate driver instead of the sun?
Fluctuations in the orbital parameters of the Earth are considered to be the trigger for long-term climatic fluctuations such as ice ages. (2019-05-22)
Mapping the global distribution of phytoplankton
Researchers at ETH have charted the distribution of phytoplankton in the world's oceans for the first time and investigated the environmental factors that explain this distribution. (2019-05-22)
Parents unknown
Animals in hard-to-reach places, especially strange, 'unattractive,' animals, may completely escape our attention. (2019-05-13)
As oceans warm, microbes could pump more CO2 back into air, study warns
A new study suggests that CO2 regeneration may become faster in many regions of the world as the oceans warm with changing climate. (2019-04-29)
Freshwater fish species richness has increased in Ohio River Basin since '60s
The taxonomic and trophic composition of freshwater fishes in the Ohio River Basin has changed significantly in recent decades, possibly due to environmental modifications related to land use and hydrology, according to a study published April 24 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Mark Pyron of Ball State University, and colleagues. (2019-04-24)
Soft tissue makes coral tougher in the face of climate change
A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa and the California Academy of Sciences revealed soft tissues that cover the rocky coral skeleton promote the recovery of corals following a bleaching event. (2019-04-23)
Ocean currents bring good news for reef fish
A new study suggests reefs suffering coral bleaching can still be productive, as fish dependent on reefs get a bulk of their food delivered via the currents flowing past. (2019-04-18)
Driving a wedge into historic gaps of climate science
Evidence of historic marine life present in Alaskan permafrost is helping scientists reconstruct ancient changes in the ice cover over the Arctic Ocean. (2019-04-11)
Earth's recovery from mass extinction could take millions of years
Recovering from mass extinction has a 'speed limit,' say researchers, with gradual patterns of ecosystem redevelopment and speciation. (2019-04-08)
Discovery of parasitic arsenic cycle may offer glimpse of life in future, warmer oceans
A newly discovered parasitic cycle, in which ocean bacteria keep phytoplankton on an energy-sapping treadmill of nutrient detoxification, may offer a preview of what further ocean warming will bring. (2019-03-19)
Small animals with big impact
Copepods, the world's most common animal, release unique substances into the oceans. (2019-03-08)
Ocean life in 3D: Mapping phytoplankton with a smart AUV
Phytoplankton form the base of the marine food chain but are notoriously difficult for scientists to account for -- a little like trying to identify and count motes of dust in the air. (2019-03-07)
How predatory plankton created modern ecosystems after 'Snowball Earth'
After global glaciation, predatory plankton apparently enabled the development of today's ecosystems. (2019-02-01)
Research shows what it takes to be a giant shark
Have you ever wondered why the Megalodon shark became to be so big? (2019-01-24)
Health checkups for alpine lakes
The best tool for assessing the health of mountain lakes comes in a very small package. (2018-12-20)
Food webs essential for nature conservation efforts in the future
Nature conservation should not focus on individual species but on whole food webs, because the protection of their functioning is important for the predictability of species, especially when global warming is increasing environmental variability. (2018-11-28)
Microplastics pollution in Falklands as high as UK
The first study to investigate microplastics around Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands -- two of the most remote locations in the South Atlantic Ocean -- has found levels of contamination comparable with the waters around the UK. (2018-11-27)
A shortcut in the global sulfur cycle
Chemists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and their US colleagues have now discovered a completely unexpected shortcut in the global sulfur cycle. (2018-11-01)
Estimating the feeding habits of corals may offer new insights on resilient reefs
Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and colleagues have found that corals living in more productive waters take advantage of the increased food availability. (2018-10-18)
Mobile device by UCLA enables easy prediction and control of harmful algal blooms
UCLA researchers have developed an inexpensive and portable device that can analyze water samples immediately, which would provide marine biologists with real-time insight about the possibility that the algal blooms could occur in the area they're testing. (2018-09-30)
Manta rays' food-capturing mechanism may hold key to better filtration systems
Manta rays strain their tiny food from mouthfuls of seawater in a novel way that could hold the key to better filtration in a variety of commercial applications, new research by Oregon State University shows. (2018-09-26)
Manta rays could teach us a thing or two about effective filtration
Manta rays feed with a unique filtration system that allows water to pass through while tiny particles of food -- even those smaller than the organism's filter pore size -- 'ricochet' away and are eaten. (2018-09-26)
Basking sharks can jump as high and as fast as great whites
These gentle giants, which can grow up to 10 m in length, have been recorded jumping out of the water as high and as fast as great white sharks. (2018-09-20)
The fate of plastic in the oceans
The concentrations of microplastics in the surface layer of the oceans are lower than expected. (2018-08-29)
Tackling the great paradox of biodiversity with game theory
One of the main puzzles of ecology research has been to explain how hundreds, often thousands, of different species coexist on a very limited number of different resources. (2018-08-28)
Glacier depth affects plankton blooms off Greenland
The unusual timing of highly-productive summer plankton blooms off Greenland indicates a connection between increasing amounts of meltwater and nutrients in these coastal waters. (2018-08-14)
Expedition probes ocean's smallest organisms for climate answers
In August a team of scientists is sailing 200 miles to the northeastern Pacific Ocean with advanced robotics and other instruments on a month-long quest to investigate plankton and their impact on the carbon cycle. (2018-08-08)
Predatory sea corals team up to feed on stinging jellyfish
Cave-dwelling corals in the Mediterranean can work alongside one another to catch and eat stinging jellyfish, a study reveals. (2018-07-31)
Oregon researchers say sea pickles are adapting to the Pacific Northwest
Tubular colonial jellies known as pyrosomes that arrived in 2014 along North America's Pacific Northwest Coast appear to be adapting to cooler water and may become permanent residents. (2018-07-19)
Disruption tolerant networking to demonstrate internet in space
NASA's Human Exploration and Operations and Science Mission Directorates are collaborating to make interplanetary internet a reality. (2018-07-16)
Climate predictions should include impacts of CO2 on life
Climate change predictions are not taking account of the full range of possible effects of rising carbon dioxide levels, researchers say. (2018-06-29)
'The eyes have it' -- Photoreceptors in marine plankton form a depth gauge to aid survival
The eyes of some marine-dwelling creatures have evolved to act like a 'depth gauge', allowing these creatures to swim in the open ocean at a certain depth. (2018-06-27)
Skeleton formation in young corals documented for first time in multidisciplinary study
Researchers have identified the biological process of mineralization that occurs in a young coral that shifts from the plankton (swimming) stage to the 'settled' stage in which it forms the skeleton from minerals that protect its colony. (2018-06-25)
Scientists rethink co-evolution of marine life, oxygenated oceans
Researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University have confirmed that rising oceanic and atmospheric oxygen levels co-evolved with marine life hundreds of millions of years ago. (2018-05-31)
Species hitch a ride on birds and the wind to join green roof communities
New research suggests that species that live on green roofs arrived by hitching lifts on birds or by riding air currents. (2018-04-06)
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