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Galapagos field site

Galapagos field site

How about a Galapagos picture break. This is Lindsey Carr’s field site on Fernandina.  In this bay a crazy diversity of critters coexist, including hermatypic corals and penguins, orcas and white tip sharks, sea lions, marine iguanas and many-a-sea cucumber.  This is one of the few places I’ve been in the Galapagos that is truly [...]


Galapagos flightless cormorant

Galapagos flightless cormorant

How about a Galapagos picture break.


Call me coral


Christmas tree worm

Christmas tree worm

Christmas tree worms are  polychaetes (marine segmented worms) that live in the skeletons of corals. They retract their feeding appendage (seen above) when threatened.  You can see the little trap door that closes behind them on the upper right   I took this close up photo off the central Pacific island of Raiatea while on a cruise on the SSV Robert C [...]


How high will the oceans rise?

How high will the oceans rise?

There is a nice article in the NYT today by Justin Gillis about new research designed to answer this question.  The team is identifying fossil beaches from the pliocene (~ 3 millions years ago) that were formed when the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide was (naturally) what it is now (not naturally).  Then, as now, the [...]


2012 will be the warmest year on record in the USA

2012 will be the warmest year on record in the USA

read more at ClimateCentral or NOAA or ClimateProgress The January-November period was the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States. The national temperature of 57.1°F was 3.3°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above the previous record warm January-November of 1934. During the 11-month period, 18 states were record warm and an additional 24 states were top [...]


Climate 101 with Bill Nye


The most important fish in the bay


Dr Neil Hammerschlag TEDx – How to stop killer cravings for shark fin soup

 


Deep-sea angler fish

This video from MBARI shows never-before seen footage of a deep-sea angler fish,Chaunacops coloratus. In it, we summarize recent work by scientists at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The video seen here was recorded by MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts at depths of 7,800 – 10,800 feet below [...]


Mark Hixon Tedx on coral reef conservation

 


Lifestyles of the species-rich and famous

Lifestyles of the species-rich and famous

Below is a guest post (her first!) by Dr Emily Darling, about one of the 17 chapters of her PhD dissertation: The ongoing loss of coral cover and flattening of reef architecture is leading to dramatic and drastic changes for coral reef ecosystems. But not all reef-building corals are affected in the same way. We [...]


18 year-old surfing phenom,Tyler Wright

Teaching the next generation of gromettes:  


Drew Harvell’s Palmyra diary

Drew Harvell's Palmyra diary

My friend, colleague and post doc mentor Dr Drew Harvell of Cornell Uni is on Palmyra Atoll, a tiny coral island in the central Pacific.  Drew is leading a coral disease workshop and doing field work on this very pristine coral reef.  I’m jealous!  She is blogging about her work and experiences here.  See more of [...]


Quicksilver Pro France 2012

Day 1 Highlights   Day 5 Highlights  UPDATE: Kelly Slater wins the 2012 Quicksilver Pro France! At 40!


Saving the world’s fisheries

Saving the world’s fisheries

A new editorial from the WaPost: THE WORLD’S WATERS are dangerously overfished, threatening the health and livelihood of millions across the planet. A new study from consulting firm California Environmental Associates, part of which appeared in the journal Science last week, estimates that “over 40 percent of fisheries have crashed or are overfished, producing economic losses [...]


Opinons on the GBR coralapocalypse

There is no shortage of opinions about what the GBR coral loss reported Monday (De’ath et al 2012 in PNAS) means and what we should do about it.  Below is a guest post by William Precht.  Bill is based in south Florida and recently left the NOAA program to go back to consulting, primarily on coral [...]


Nancy Knowlton discusses GBR decline on the PBS News Hour

   


Exploring Bloody Bay wall

A winner from the Blue Oceans Film Festival. Compass Light Productions- David Conover, Mish Morgenstern, Peter Neill Exec Prod. A neuroscientist, marine geologist, and an underwater photographer each pursue their own questions at Bloody Bay Wall on Little Cayman Island.  We see how the diversity of reef life provides practical solutions to diverse human needs


Scents and sensibility

Scents and sensibility

From the Economist. Courtney Endres is a PhD student at Carolina in the Lohmann lab. JELLYFISH may not be most people’s idea of a tasty snack, but if you are a loggerhead turtle, they are top of the menu. Though jellyfish can swim, they are not exactly the greyhounds of the ocean, so they are easily [...]


Traceability of the seafood supply chain

This is a repost of two articles by Mark Gibson from Breaching the Blue: FishWise’s Mariah Boyle just put out an excellent white paper on seafood traceability efforts by nonprofits, governments, and companies.  It is comprehensive and concisely written.  I highly recommend it for those marine policy wonks out there.  The report can be found here. A few excerpts to [...]


The coral jungle – from The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

One thing that inspired me to become a coral reef biologist is this episode of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: This episode first aired in the spring of 1968 when I was only 3, so I must have seen a rerun.  Like practically every marine scientist of my generation, waiting for “The Undersea World” [...]


Surfing Storm Bay, Tasmania


An exit strategy for ghost fishing

I remember Paul Dayton passionately talking about ghost fishing at the Benthic Ecology Meeting about 15 years ago.  I still don’t know whether in some places it is such a big problem that it is impacting species and ecosystems.  Regardless, it is wasteful and morally abhorrent, if very difficult to eliminate. Ghost fishing is the [...]