Tag: Climate Science & Research

Mayfly Madness, Whale-Ship Collisions, and Microbial Detox

Also in our best of the web: tracking wood thrush migration, carbon sources and sinks, bat navigation, and skunk invasion.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: oldWeather

Citizen Science Tuesday connects you to projects that benefit conservation. This week: take a voyage with the mariners of oldWeather and improve data for climate models.

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Antarctic Invaders, Fungal Wonders and Birds Galore

Also in our best of the web: rock snot, turkey invasion, the Jynx bird, an underground ocean, TED talks back, and what Cosmos got wrong.

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When Life Depends on Corals, What Marks the Most Promising Reef?

A new study from Tobago after a mass coral bleaching event in 2010 shows reef resilience is as much about location as it is about species.

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Should We Let the Wolves of Isle Royale Disappear?

The wolves of Isle Royale, one of the most-studied predator populations in the world, are disappearing. Should we save them? The answer may be more complicated than you think.

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Oceans and Climate Change: Protecting the “Invisible”

Coral bleaching, increasing storms, the loss of polar bears: many impacts of climate change are already vivid in our minds. We naturally worry about the things we can see. Huge waves and the loss of big fish and colorful corals get our attention.

But what about things we can’t see, like the tiny creatures called plankton? They are also poised for dramatic changes.

A recent dive in the sapphire waters of the Caribbean offers a close encounter with plankton. While most of my dive buddies hurry to reach the bottom, I linger as I usually do, pondering the “blue” and looking out for the visible and the invisible.

Suddenly, clouds of tiny filaments come sharply into focus. It’s blue-green algae–Trichodesmium–a type of phytoplankton that plays an important role in these nutrient-poor waters. They essentially break gaseous nitrogen’s tough triple bond and convert it into a form other phytoplankton can feed on.

What would these waters look like without them?

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Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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