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 oceans photosynthesis phytoplankton carbon-storage carbon-sequestration marine-biology marine-snow marine-biodiversity

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: conservation reproduction oceans wildlife sharks endangered-species marine-biology scientists-at-work tagging 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 deepwater-horizon marine-biology bp-oil-spill marine-science marine-snow gulf-of-mexico hydrocarbons

Tagging data show that blue sharks are true globalists

You won't see a blue shark near the beach, but thanks to 50 years of tagging data, scientists are learning about their wide-ranging lives at sea.

Jasmin Graham, Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Science, Florida State University • conversation
March 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  oceans  fisheries  sharks  marine-biology  tagging  noaa  significant-figures

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