First ‘Extreme Corals’ at Great Barrier Reef Mangrove Lagoons Discovered, Could Be ‘Hot Spots’ of Resilience
Marine Ecology

First ‘Extreme Corals’ at Great Barrier Reef Mangrove Lagoons Discovered, Could Be ‘Hot Spots’ of Resilience

Researchers say they have identified “extreme corals” for the first time in mangrove lagoons around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—a discovery that has implications for reef conservation and challenges our understanding of the conditions corals can tolerate.A team of scientists, led by Emma Camp from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia, found 34 species of…

Whale sightings in NYC increase
Marine Ecology

Whale sightings in NYC increase

It might sound like a good thing that the number of whale sightings have increased around New York City and northern New Jersey, but it’s actually a huge safety concern for both the animals and humans. The result of warmer and cleaner waters in the area, the population of Atlantic menhaden, humpback whales’ major food…

Marine Ecology

Sunscreens release metals and nutrients into seawater

Beachgoers are becoming increasingly aware of the potentially harmful effects UV filters from sunscreens can have on coral and other marine organisms when the protective lotions wash off their bodies into the ocean. Now, researchers have studied how sunscreens release different compounds — trace metals and inorganic nutrients — into Mediterranean seawater, with unknown effects…

When invasive plants take root, native animals pay the price
Marine Ecology

When invasive plants take root, native animals pay the price

Jacob Barney and six graduate students conducted the first-ever comprehensive meta-analytic review examining the ecological impacts of invasive plants. Shown (l-r): Cody Dickinson, Ariel Heminger, Becky Fletcher, Gourav Sharma, Jacob Barney, Rachel Brooks, and Vasiliy Lakoba. Credit: Virginia Tech Imagine a new breed of pirate not only able to sail the high seas, but to…

Extreme mangrove corals found on the Great Barrier Reef
Marine Ecology

Extreme mangrove corals found on the Great Barrier Reef

The first documented discovery of ‘extreme corals’ in mangrove lagoons around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is yielding important information about how corals deal with environmental stress, scientists say. Credit: Dr Emma Camp The first documented discovery of “extreme corals” in mangrove lagoons around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is yielding important information about how corals deal…

Some of Southern California’s most iconic and popular beaches have lost most of their biodiversity
Marine Ecology

Some of Southern California’s most iconic and popular beaches have lost most of their biodiversity

Goleta Beach nourishment in 2010. Credit: David Hubbard To most people, a beach is a beach. You could likely take an image of almost any urban beach in Southern California—the flat, mostly featureless expanse of sand against blue-green water and blue skies—swap it with one of nearly any other urban beach in Southern California, and…