The Moon and stars are a compass for nocturnal animals – but light pollution is leading them astray

Towns and cities create an orange glow on the horizon at night. It's so widespread that it even disturbs sea creatures.

Stuart Jenkins, Professor of Marine Ecology, Bangor University • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: moon wildlife marine-biology stars milky-way light-pollution artificial-light night-sky coastal-areas

Abandoned fibreglass boats are releasing toxins and microplastics across the world

Too many small yachts and speedboats are simply being abandoned to shed toxins and microplastics into the sea.

Corina Ciocan, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Brighton • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: plastic-pollution marine-biology ships microplastic boats

Microplastics: tiny crustaceans can fragment them into even smaller nanoplastics

The discovery that such a common animal can rapidly produce vast numbers of nanoplastics is particularly worrying.

Alicia Mateos Cárdenas, Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: microplastics marine-biology freshwater-biology microplastic crustaceans

We discovered a new species, but war means it may now remain hidden forever

The extraordinary story of a stingray, its discovery and its uncertain fate in the Yemen war.

Alec Moore, Post-Doctoral Fisheries Scientist, Bangor University • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  biodiversity  biology  war  new-species  marine-biology  species  yemen  stingrays

Scientists shed light on how the blackest fish in the sea 'disappear'

Experts have shed light on the mystery of how the blackest fish in the deep sea are camouflaged.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
July 17, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: animals marine-biology

With the help of trained dolphins, our team of researchers is building a specialized drone to help us study dolphins in the wild

Wild dolphins are fast, smart and hard to study, but it is important to understand how human actions affect their health. So we are building a drone to sample hormones from the blowholes of dolphins.

Jason Bruck, Teaching Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: robots hormones marine-biology drones whales bermuda dolphins dolphin stress-hormones marine-mammals innovation-and-invention

Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought

Microscopic ocean phytoplankton feed a "biological pump" that carries carbon from the surface to deep waters. Scientists have found that this process stores much more carbon than previously thought.

Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-sequestration photosynthesis marine-biodiversity oceans marine-biology marine-snow phytoplankton carbon-storage

Scientists at work: Uncovering the mystery of when and where sharks give birth

Researchers are using a newly developed satellite tag to study previously unknown aspects of tiger shark reproduction. This approach could be used on other difficult-to-study shark species.

Hannah Verkamp, PhD Student in Marine Biology, Arizona State University • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: reproduction conservation sharks wildlife scientists-at-work oceans marine-biology tagging endangered-species tiger-sharks women-scientists satellite-data the-bahamas

Scientists have found oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in fishes' livers and on the deep ocean floor

The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster catalyzed a decade of research on oil contamination in the Gulf of Mexico, from surface waters to the seabed, with surprising findings.

Sherryl Gilbert, Assistant Director, C-IMAGE Consortium, University of South Florida • conversation
April 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: fisheries water-pollution marine-biology deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico bp-oil-spill marine-science marine-snow hydrocarbons

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
March 27, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals plastic plastic-pollution oceans marine-biology whales

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