There’s a right amount of flux for kelp forest ecosystems

A new mathematical model describes the effects of severe storms on kelp forest ecosystems, particularly the seafloor communities.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 23, 2021 ~9 min

Fish contribute tons and tons of poo to carbon flux

Fish feces and other waste—roughly 1.65 billion tons annually—make up about 16% of the total carbon that sinks below the ocean's upper layers, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 17, 2021 ~4 min

Tiny group of companies make 60% of ocean revenues

The "Ocean 100," a small group of companies, make most of the money from the ocean economy, researchers report. That has implications for climate change.

Duke U. Fuqua School of Business • futurity
Feb. 16, 2021 ~6 min

Human noise wreaks havoc on all kinds of ocean animals

Human-created noise can disrupt the behavior, physiology, reproduction, and ecosystems of whales and other ocean life. It can even lead to death.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Feb. 8, 2021 ~7 min

Acid in food puts otters at risk of fatal heart disease

A neurotoxin called domoic acid found in the crabs and clams raises the risk of fatal heart disease for southern sea otters, already a threatened species.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Jan. 27, 2021 ~6 min

Warming oceans will be extra hard on big fish

Large fish will find it particularly difficult to extract oxygen from warming oceans, researchers report.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

Islands may fix a flaw in Darwin’s theory of life’s origins

A new theory solves a problem with Charles Darwin's idea of early life evolving in "warm little ponds" despite the world being covered in oceans.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~4 min

‘Blood test’ can pinpoint overheated, unhealthy corals

A new method works like a blood test to identify heat-stressed corals that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~4 min

Hungry sea anemones snack on algae under their own skin

When food becomes scarce, sea anemones turn to their Plan B: Relying on their symbiotic relationship with algae under their skin.

Rahasson Ager - UC Irvine • futurity
Dec. 31, 2020 ~5 min

Coral survivors show some cope better with heatwaves

"Understanding how some corals can survive prolonged heatwaves could provide an opportunity to mitigate the impact of marine heatwaves on coral reefs..."

U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min