Near-pristine coral reef ecosystem discovered

(Photo Credit PLoS One, Barrot et al 2010) Practical Fishkeeping, June 29, 2010By Ben Clarke An expedition to Millennium Atoll, a remote coral atoll in the Central Pacific, has uncovered an almost completely undisturbed underwater ecosystem that could serve as an important reference for restoration projects throughout the Pacific Ocean. The survey findings, published recently … Continue reading Near-pristine coral reef ecosystem discovered

NOAA-Supported Scientists Predict “Larger Than Average” Gulf Dead Zone

June 28, 2010NOAA The northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, an underwater area with little or no oxygen known commonly as the “dead zone,” could be larger than the recent average, according to a forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan. … Continue reading NOAA-Supported Scientists Predict “Larger Than Average” Gulf Dead Zone

Cold, Dark and Teeming With Life

By WILLIAM J. BROAD, The New York Times The deep seabed was once considered a biological desert. Life, the logic went, was synonymous with light and photosynthesis. The sun powered the planet’s food chains, and only a few scavengers could ply the preternaturally dark abyss. Then, in 1977, oceanographers working in the deep Pacific stumbled … Continue reading Cold, Dark and Teeming With Life

Stranded harbor-seal pup cute, but don’t touch

By Erik Lacitis Seattle Times staff reporter The young couple, on an oceanside vacation at Westport, just couldn’t leave the harbor-seal pup to fend for himself.He was so alone on that beach by the lighthouse.So helpless-looking, with no mom in sight. The big, cold ocean ready to engulf him.How would this bundle with the soulful … Continue reading Stranded harbor-seal pup cute, but don’t touch

UF Marine Researchers Rush To Collect Samples As Oil Threat Grows-Algae May Hold Anti-Cancer Compound

(Credit Linda Homewood) Before its News, June 20, 2010By Alton Parrish In a race against time, University of Florida marine researchers are hurrying to collect underwater marine algae samples in the Florida Keys while an ever-growing Gulf oil spill steadily migrates toward Florida, already reaching the Emerald Coast in the Panhandle. Hendrik Luesch, an associate … Continue reading UF Marine Researchers Rush To Collect Samples As Oil Threat Grows-Algae May Hold Anti-Cancer Compound

What Happens When Oil Collides with Coral?

CBS, June 15, 2010By Kelly Cobiella As Researchers Struggle to Bring Dying Reefs Back to Life, They Worry about Threat of Approaching OilMarine scientist Meaghan Johnson is fighting a battle few ever see – she’s slowly bringing Florida’s coral reefs back to life, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella. Thirty feet below the surface Johnson … Continue reading What Happens When Oil Collides with Coral?

Now Accepting Applications for the 2010 Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants Program in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology

Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) is pleased to announce the 2010 Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants Program in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology.  Initiated in 2001, this program supports research documenting historical ocean conditions prior to large-scale human impacts. This program honors the late Dr. Mia J. Tegner, an esteemed marine biologist … Continue reading Now Accepting Applications for the 2010 Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants Program in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology