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Maps Display Key Areas for Human Activities in Marine Reserve

Maps and geospatial data are now available for the St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER) Coastal Use Mapping Project. The maps, created using a participatory GIS mapping method that involves local users of the area, stakeholders, and resource managers, showcase the dominant and general use patterns for the marine reserves, also known as the STEER. The maps and […]

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Algae Sampling Technology Partnership to Find, Exploit Novel Chemical Compounds

A pharmaceutical research and development startup and NOAA signed an agreement designed with two goals in mind. The company, Biosortia, plans to discover and extract beneficial compounds from natural sources such as algae, and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science wants to use Biosortia’s harvesting technology to unlock aquatic microorganisms’ secrets in a brand new […]

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Golden Algae Toxin Identified, Detection and Monitoring Tools Developed

Researchers finally identified the main toxic compounds produced by Prymnesium parvum, also known as “golden tide.” A fish-killing algae, this organism had historically affected aquaculture and marine systems worldwide, but now also frequently plagues popular fishing spots in the western United States, such as in Arizona last month. Identifying these toxins as well as their primary mode of […]

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Graduate Student to Present Research at International Conference

Bob Crimian, a student in the College of Charleston Master of Science in Environmental Studies program was selected as one of six Student Fellows to present his research at the international Ecosystem Services (ACES) and Ecosystem Markets 2012 conference, taking place December 10 -14 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Bob is also a research assistant at the National Centers for […]

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Grant Awarded to NOAA Partner

On August 10, 2012, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative awarded researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina, a partner institute of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Hollings Marine Laboratory, one of 19 grants that support studies determining environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The university researchers […]

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Pollutants could pose health risks for five sea turtle species – Science Daily

Researchers at the (National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s) Hollings Marine Laboratory and four partner organizations have measured for the first time concentrations of 13 perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) in five different endangered species of sea turtles. While PFC toxicology studies have not yet been conducted on turtles, the levels of the compounds seen in all five […]

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Graduate Student to Research Historical Dolphin Health Indicators

College of Charleston Master’s student, Sarah Baxter, under the direction of a scientist from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Dr. Leslie Hart, was one of two students recently awarded the Master of Environmental Studies Graduate Assistantship for student research and travel. Sarah’s research will use historic photographic data to estimate the prevalence of skin lesions among […]

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Study reveals link between dolphin skin disease and climatic factors

Skin lesions on coastal dolphins are associated with water that’s colder and has lower salinity, say researchers at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. They analyzed photographs collected during routine monitoring studies of dolphins in estuaries and coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and found that in all three sites, the prevalence of skin lesions […]

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