Posts filed in Scientific Studies

Invasive Mussels Causing Massive Ecological Changes in Great Lake

Posted Tuesday April 19, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2011) — The ongoing spread of non-native mussels in...

ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2011) — The ongoing spread of non-native mussels in the Great Lakes has caused “massive, ecosystem-wide changes” throughout lakes Michigan and Huron, two of the planet’s largest...

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Miniature Sensors to Measure the Ocean

Posted Tuesday April 19, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2011) — The first miniature sensors designed to measure...

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2011) — The first miniature sensors designed to measure saltiness and temperature across the world’s oceans are being put in use on an ambitious expedition. A four-man...

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Ocean Front Is Energetic Contributor to Mixing, Data Shows

Posted Tuesday April 19, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2011) — Wind blowing on the ocean is a...

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2011) — Wind blowing on the ocean is a crucial factor mixing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the ocean depths and keeping it from going back...

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Active Efforts Required to Save ‘Ordinary Species’ That Form Basis of Marine Ecosystems

Posted Tuesday April 19, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2011) — Active efforts are required to preserve biodiversity...

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2011) — Active efforts are required to preserve biodiversity in the seas — that far most people are in agreement. But in our enthusiasm to save uncommon...

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World’s Reef Fishes Tussling With Human Overpopulation

Posted Tuesday April 05, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2011) — “Coral reefs provide a range of critical...

ScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2011) — “Coral reefs provide a range of critical goods and services to humanity — everything from nutrient cycling to food production to coast protection to economic...

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Marine microbes digest plastic

Posted Wednesday March 30, 2011 by Reef Relief

Nature.com by, Gwyneth Dickey Zaikab Specialist bacteria seem to be eating the...

Nature.com by, Gwyneth Dickey Zaikab Specialist bacteria seem to be eating the plastic garbage we throw into the ocean. But whether they’re cleaning up our poisons or just passing them...

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New Study Reveals Aerosol Plumes Downwind of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Posted Monday March 21, 2011 by Reef Relief

Source www.rsmas.miami.edu Scientists describe two distinct plumes of oily aerosols that traveled...

Source www.rsmas.miami.edu Scientists describe two distinct plumes of oily aerosols that traveled from sea surface to atmosphere MIAMI — March 10, 2011 — Scientists from the University of Miami (UM)...

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New Tool to Monitor Coral Reef ‘Vital Signs’

Posted Friday March 18, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Mar. 17, 2011) — University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of...

ScienceDaily (Mar. 17, 2011) — University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science scientist Chris Langdon and colleagues developed a new tool to monitor coral reef vital...

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Ingestion of plastic found among small ocean fish

Posted Monday March 14, 2011 by Reef Relief

Southern California researchers say about 35% of fish they collected in the...

Southern California researchers say about 35% of fish they collected in the northern Pacific Ocean in 2008 had plastic in their stomachs. The study shows the troubling effect floating litter...

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Lanka’s tsunami destruction directly linked to destroyed coral reefs

Posted Monday March 14, 2011 by Reef Relief

The tsunami that struck Japan on Friday brought back memories of the...

The tsunami that struck Japan on Friday brought back memories of the tsunami of 2004 that devastated many parts of Sri Lanka. At the time, the steady destruction of coral...

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Record of Decision for the Coral PEIS

Posted Tuesday February 15, 2011 by Reef Relief

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) announces the availability of the...

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for its Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys...

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Coral Reef Framework Cavities: Is Functional Similarity Reflected in Composition of the Cryptic Macrofaunal Community?

Posted Tuesday February 08, 2011 by Reef Relief

BY SANDER R. SCHEFFERS, ROB. W. M. VAN SOEST, GERARD. NIEUWLAND, AND...

BY SANDER R. SCHEFFERS, ROB. W. M. VAN SOEST, GERARD. NIEUWLAND, AND ROLF P. M. BAK ISSUED BY ATOLL RESEARCH BULLETIN NO. 583 ABSTRACT Hard substratum surface area of framework...

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The State of Marine and Coastal Adaptation in North America: A Synthesis of Emerging Ideas. January 2011

Posted Tuesday February 08, 2011 by Reef Relief

Executive Summary Climate change is now widely acknowledged as a global problem...

Executive Summary Climate change is now widely acknowledged as a global problem that threatens the success of marine and coastal conservation, management, and policy. Mitigation and adaptation are the two...

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First study of dispersants in Gulf spill suggests a prolonged deepwater fate

Posted Wednesday January 26, 2011 by Reef Relief

To combat last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nearly 800,000 gallons of...

To combat last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nearly 800,000 gallons of chemical dispersant were injected directly into the oil and gas flow coming out of the wellhead nearly one...

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Demographics of bleaching in a major Caribbean reef-building coral: Montastraea annularis

Posted Friday January 21, 2011 by Reef Relief

Demographics of bleaching in a major Caribbean reef-building coral: Montastraea annularis R....

Demographics of bleaching in a major Caribbean reef-building coral: Montastraea annularis R. Hernández-Pacheco, E. A. Hernández-Delgado, A. M. Sabat Read the full paper www.esajournals.org 6 January 2011 v Volume 2(1)...

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Are Sharks Color Blind?

Posted Thursday January 20, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Jan. 19, 2011) — Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, even...

ScienceDaily (Jan. 19, 2011) — Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, even though their close relatives rays and chimaeras have some color vision, according to new research by Dr. Nathan...

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Oxygen’s Challenge to Early Life

Posted Thursday January 20, 2011 by Reef Relief

Widespread, persistent oxygen-poor conditions in Earth’s ancient oceans impacted early evolution of...

Widespread, persistent oxygen-poor conditions in Earth’s ancient oceans impacted early evolution of animals, say UC Riverside scientists (January 5, 2011) RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The conventional view of the history of...

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Ocean Species Loss Tied to Ecosystem Collapse and Recovery

Posted Thursday January 13, 2011 by Reef Relief

ScienceDaily (Jan. 12, 2011) — Geologists at Brown University and the University...

ScienceDaily (Jan. 12, 2011) — Geologists at Brown University and the University of Washington have a cautionary tale: Lose enough species in the oceans, and the entire ecosystem could collapse....

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Thriving ‘Middle Light’ Reefs Found in Puerto Rico

Posted Wednesday January 12, 2011 by Reef Relief

Conserving these corals may offer hope for shallower, degraded reefs January 4,...

Conserving these corals may offer hope for shallower, degraded reefs January 4, 2011 NOAA-funded scientists have found extensive and biologically diverse coral ecosystems occurring at depths between 100-500 feet within...

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Secret voyages of leatherback turtles revealed using transmitters

Posted Friday January 07, 2011 by Reef Relief

The Guardian, Wednesday 5 January 2011 Researchers have tracked ‘nature’s ancient mariners’...

The Guardian, Wednesday 5 January 2011 Researchers have tracked ‘nature’s ancient mariners’ as they spend several months traveling from Africa to South America On 2 February 2009, at 4am, a...

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