Scientists discover that rainforests take the heat
South American rainforests thrived during three extreme global warming events in the past, say paleontologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in a new report published in the Annual Review ...
Natural 'keystone molecules' punch over their weight in ecosystems
Naturally occurring "keystone" molecules that have powerful behavioral effects on diverse organisms often play large but unrecognized roles in structuring ecosystems, according to a theory proposed in the June issue of BioScience.
Studying how flocculation affects acoustic reflection
In inland estuaries and shallow coastal waters, small particles of organic matter, such as organic waste and debris or bacteria, clump together to form an aggregate known as floc. Flocculated particles can span a range of ...
Scientists use salt marshes to analyse global sea-level rise
(Phys.org) —The world's salt marshes could hold the key to predicting future sea levels after scientists used them to pinpoint when recent rises began.
Preserving the health of the Arctic
Lars-Otto Reiersen is a marine biologist by training, now working as an environmental scientist in Norway. He has led the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) for over two decades. AMAP advises the governments of ...
Bizarre bone worms emit acid to feast on whale skeletons
Only within the past 12 years have marine biologists come to learn about the eye-opening characteristics of mystifying sea worms that live and thrive on the bones of whale carcasses.
Major pan-European study conducted on ocean acidification
More than 160 researchers across 10 European countries joined together, in what is being hailed as the first international project to focus on ocean acidification and its consequences.
Big sea survey highlights importance of citizen scientists
A rare stalked jellyfish and an invasive sea-squirt are among the hundreds of species that have been identified by volunteers taking part in a major research project along the North East coast.
Using sound to protect aquatic life
The large cargo ships that steam daily into Newark Bay unload more than the colorful containers stacked on deck - from their holds they also can release millions of gallons of water teeming with tiny sea creatures from faraway ...
Pottery reveals Ice Age hunter-gatherers' taste for fish
Hunter-gatherers living in glacial conditions produced pots for cooking fish, according to the findings of a pioneering new study led by the University of York which reports the earliest direct evidence for the use of ceramic ...
Sea urchins cope with rising CO2 levels
'Pharmaceutical' approach boosts oil production from algae
Taking an approach similar to that used for discovering new therapeutic drugs, chemists at the University of California, Davis, have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic ...
Rapid climate change and the role of the Southern Ocean
Scientists from Cardiff University and the University of Barcelona have discovered new clues about past rapid climate change.
The snakelocks anemone, a marine species prized in cooking, has been bred for the first time in captivity
Researchers from Granada have managed to breed for the first time in captivity a marine animal known as the snakelocks anemone, (Anemonia sulcata), and have also begun breeding a species of sea cucumber (Sticophus ...