Molecular Data and Images from Space Used to Study Imperiled Coastal Dolphins

This satellite image of chlorophyll concentration, obtained from the SeaWiFS satellite, was used by researchers to understand how franciscana dolphin populations are formed by environmental barriers. (Credit: Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA) ScienceDaily (May 10, 2010) Using DNA samples and images from Earth-orbiting satellites, conservationists from Columbia University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum … Continue reading Molecular Data and Images from Space Used to Study Imperiled Coastal Dolphins

The Spill—An Oily Blemish on the Face of the Sea

Elliott A. Norse, Ph.D., President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute As I write, squeezed in an uncomfortable seat on a jet on route to Tokyo that is now approaching Bristol Bay, Alaska, thousands and thousands of gallons of crude oil are gushing out of pipes nearly a mile deep, polluting the Gulf of Mexico. A large … Continue reading The Spill—An Oily Blemish on the Face of the Sea

The Spill: Better Life and Living Better in a Dangerous Time OR Introduction to a New Blogger

Elliott A. Norse, Ph.D., President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute I write this during a national emergency. The emergency is what led me to rename what was Marine Conservation Blog “The Spill.” “The Spill” can mean two quite different things. It could refer to the growing BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Or it could refer … Continue reading The Spill: Better Life and Living Better in a Dangerous Time OR Introduction to a New Blogger

Caution Required for Gulf Oil Spill Clean-Up, Bioremediation Expert Says

Extreme caution must be used in cleaning up the fragile Gulf Coast ecosystem in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, says a Berkeley Lab bioremediation expert. Detergents used to clean up oil contaminated sites can make a bad situation even worse. (Credit: NASA Earth Observatory) ScienceDaily, May 4, 2010 With millions of gallons … Continue reading Caution Required for Gulf Oil Spill Clean-Up, Bioremediation Expert Says

Gulf spill taints ‘Mediterranean of the Americas’

Workers place oil containment booms around in the central marshes in St. Bernard Parish, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) The Washington Post, from The Associated Press , Monday, May 3, 2010 By Brian Skoloff and John Flesher GULFPORT, Miss. — The gigantic Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the latest blow to a unique marine environment … Continue reading Gulf spill taints ‘Mediterranean of the Americas’

Seamounts Identified as Significant, Unexplored Territory

Map showing locations of some prominent seamounts. (Credit: Image courtesy of Oceanography) ScienceDaily, Apr. 30, 2010 Scientists from NOAA and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were astounded to find that seamounts, mountains that rise from the seafloor, rank as some of the most common ocean habitats in the world. Their findings are published in a new … Continue reading Seamounts Identified as Significant, Unexplored Territory