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International Ocean Sampling Day in Kiel

Researchers at GEOMAR and Kiel University participate in a global measurement campaign

 

Saturday, 21 June, is "Ocean Sampling Day." Marine scientists will take water samples at over 170 locations worldwide to investigate the distribution and genetic diversity of microorganisms in the water. Also scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel University and the joint Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" will participate in this measurement campaign, the largest of its kind. The activities can be followed live on the internet.

New Sensor Array to Monitor Impacts of Changing Gulf of Maine Conditions on New England Red Tide

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are kicking off an innovative NOAA-funded pilot program using robotic instruments and computer modeling analysis to shed light on changing ocean conditions in the Gulf of Maine as they relate to the harmful algal bloom (HAB) phenomenon commonly known as the New England red tide.

Humpback whale subspecies revealed by genetic study

A new genetic study has revealed that populations of humpback whales in the oceans of the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere are much more distinct from each other than previously thought, and should be recognised as separate subspecies. Understanding how connected these populations are has important implications for the recovery of these charismatic animals that were once devastated by hunting.

Ocean Acidification robs reef fish of their fear of predators

Research on the behaviour of coral reef fish at naturally-occurring carbon dioxide seeps in Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea has shown that continuous exposure to increased levels of carbon dioxide dramatically alters the way fish respond to predators.

 

This finding from a collaboration among scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology is particularly concerning not just for conservationists but for fisheries around the world and other industries dependent on the survival of fish species.

Study Tests Theory that Life Originated at Deep Sea Vents

One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth. Scientists have determined approximately when life began (roughly 3.8 billion years ago), but there is still intense debate about exactly how life began. One possibility has grown in popularity in the last two decades - that simple metabolic reactions emerged near ancient seafloor hot springs, enabling the leap from a non-living to a living world.

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