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When to fish: Timing matters for fish that migrate to reproduce

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:17:07 EST ~ A new study points to yet another human factor that is hampering the ability of fish to reproduce: the timing of our fishing seasons. The study considers how the timing of fishing efforts might disproportionately target certain fish and change the life history patterns of entire populations. Find out more...

Bryozoans: Fossil fills missing evolutionary link

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:24:56 EST ~ Scientists recently announced the discovery of a missing evolutionary link -- a fossil of the first known member of the modern bryozoans to grow up into a structure. Find out more...

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:36:27 EST ~ 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. Find out more...

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

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:38:53 EST ~ 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 study. This area of the ocean is projected to be the most severely impacted by aspects of climate change. Find out more...

How a tiny sea animal feeds itself, and the ocean

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:02:17 EST ~ Dime-sized ocean organisms thought to graze on any particles in their path are actually picky eaters, and their food-filtering process may be vital to how organic materials are distributed from surface waters to the ocean floor, report investigators. Find out more...

Photomosaic technology finds order in chaos of coral reefs

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:49:13 EST ~ Scientists have created and analyzed detailed photomosaics of the coral reef at Palmyra Atoll using advanced imaging and digitization technology. Find out more...

Shifting presence of North Atlantic right whales tracked with passive acoustics

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:48:37 EST ~ A new study confirms what marine mammal researchers have suspected for a while: right whales use nearly the entire eastern seaboard during the winter, and they move around a lot more than was previously thought. How long they spend in some areas of their range has also changed in recent years. Find out more...

X-rays reveal biting truth about parrotfish teeth: Interwoven crystal structure key to coral-crunching ability

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:18:03 EST ~ 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. Find out more...

Saving endangered African penguins

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:18:01 EST ~ A first-of-its-kind study on prognostic health indicators in the endangered African Penguin provides invaluable information to preserve and rehabilitate this seabird. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all contributing factors in their dramatic population decline, which has been as high as 80 percent in some South African colonies. Until now, limited data existed on the factors contributing to their successful rehabilitation. Find out more...

Low dose, constant drip: Pharmaceutical, personal care pollution impacts aquatic life

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:33:28 EST ~ Traditional toxicity testing underestimates the risk that pharmaceutical and personal care product pollution poses to freshwater ecosystems. Criteria that account for ecological disruption -- not just organism death -- are needed to protect surface waters, which are under pressure from a growing population and escalating synthetic chemical use. Find out more...