Oceans/marine

Eliot Crafton

Avoiding alien marine invaders

UC grad student’s tool maps where non-native species are likely to take hold.

Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanes

Inspired by tiny crustacean, researchers design composite material stronger than standard used in airplane frames.

Could closing the high seas to fishing save migratory fish?

Such action could accomplish not only that but also increase fisheries' profits and yields.

Exxon Valdez oil spill was a turning point for biologist

On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Terrie Williams reflects on the lessons learned and continues her work training responders for the next oil spill disaster.

Plankton make 'scents' for seabirds and a cooler planet

Top predators of the Southern Ocean are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton.
Arctic ice

Diminishing ice means a darker Arctic

Forty-five years after scientists hypothesized that global warming would make Arctic Ocean surfaces darker, Scripps team determines, through satellite data, how much the planet’s albedo has diminished.
wave machine

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy

Power generation and water desalination are among potential applications.

Oysters face twin threats

Predators and ocean acidification spell doom for once-prevalent Olympia oysters.
kelp with fish

'Kelp Watch" monitors Fukushima contamination

Berkeley Lab collaborates on program to track nuclear contamination from quake-damaged power plant in Japan.

Marine scientists track spread of sea star wasting disease

Mysterious outbreak has become widespread along the U.S. west coast over the past several months.

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