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X-rays reveal the biting truth about parrotfish teeth

Wed, 15 Nov 17 00:16:30 -0800

A new study has revealed a chain mail-like woven microstructure that gives parrotfish teeth their remarkable ability to chomp on coral all day long - the structure could serve as a blueprint for designing ultra-durable synthetic materials.

Scripps scientists use photomosaic technology to find order in the chaos of coral reefs

Wed, 15 Nov 17 00:01:00 -0800

In a study published recently in Coral Reefs, scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego created and analyzed detailed photomosaics of the coral reef at Palmyra Atoll using advanced imaging and digitization technology.

Pacific Island countries could lose 50 -- 80% of fish in local waters under climate change

Wed, 15 Nov 17 00:09:10 -0800

Many Pacific Island nations will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species in their waters by the end of the 21st century if climate change continues unchecked, finds a new Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published in Marine Policy. This area of the ocean is projected to be the most severely impacted by aspects of climate change.

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability

Wed, 15 Nov 17 00:12:50 -0800

A new review article presents evidence that argues for a more nuanced approach to the design of global-change experiments -- one that acknowledges and purposefully incorporates the variability inherent in nature.

VIMS study identifies tipping point for oyster restoration

Mon, 13 Nov 17 00:04:50 -0800

Study shows that reefs built to reach a foot or more above the bottom develop into healthy, self-sustaining ecosystems, while those rebuilt at lower heights are quickly buried by sediment.

Research examines impact of coral bleaching on Western Australia's coastline

Wed, 08 Nov 17 00:11:00 -0800

The 2016 mass bleaching event is the most severe global bleaching event to ever be recorded. New research records the impact of this event to the rugged reefs of Western Australia.

Seagrass biodiversity is both a goal and a means for restoration

Wed, 08 Nov 17 00:00:20 -0800

Planting multiple seagrass species, rather than a single species, could be better for restoring damaged coastal ecosystems in Indonesia's Coral Triangle.

Saving seagrasses from dredging as new research finds solutions

Sun, 05 Nov 17 00:03:50 -0700

Timing of dredging and finding an 'ecological window' is the key to helping preserve one of the world's most productive and important ecosystems -- seagrass meadows, a new study led by QUT researchers has found.

Penn researchers working to mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel

Thu, 02 Nov 17 00:04:30 -0700

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working together to create an artificial system that mimics the process by which giant clams convert sunlight into energy. The research may allow them to enhance the efficiency of biofuel production.

Can corals adapt to climate change?

Wed, 01 Nov 17 00:06:30 -0700

Cool-water corals can adapt to a slightly warmer ocean, but only if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, a study in Science Advances found. Some corals in the normally cool waters of the Cook Islands carry genetic variants that predispose them to heat tolerance. This could help the population adapt more quickly to rising temperatures. But they may not adapt quickly enough to outpace climate change.

Red Sea is warming faster than global average

Mon, 30 Oct 17 00:13:30 -0700

The world's warmest sea is heating up faster than the global average, which could challenge the ability of the Red Sea's organisms to cope.

Habitat restoration can maximize the benefits of marine protected areas

Fri, 27 Oct 17 00:16:30 -0700

US researchers find that Marine Protected Areas can potentially subsidize harvested oyster populations via larval spillover -- however, these benefits can only be realized if harvested areas contain suitable habitat for larval settlement and survival. The study is one of the first to document the contribution of different habitat restoration strategies to an overall marine population.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Saola near Guam

Tue, 24 Oct 17 00:01:20 -0700

Infrared data from NASA satellites helped confirm that former Tropical Depression 27W has strengthened into a tropical storm near Guam. The storm has been renamed Tropical Storm Saola and NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the system in infrared light to determine the location of its strongest storms.

Taste, not appearance, drives corals to eat plastics

Tue, 24 Oct 17 00:04:30 -0700

Scientists have long known that marine animals mistakenly eat plastic debris because tiny bits of floating plastic look like prey. But a new Duke study of plastic ingestion by corals suggests there may be an additional reason for the potentially harmful behavior: The plastic simply tastes good. Chemical additives in the plastic may be acting as a feeding stimulant.

Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction

Fri, 20 Oct 17 00:07:50 -0700

One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found.

Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming
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