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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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Florida Red Tide Aging Process May Help Predict When Harmful Algal Blooms will Dissipate

Extensive changes in gene expression were revealed in an NCCOS study of aging in Florida red tides. These changes reflect alterations in metabolism that may provide the tools necessary for developing markers indicative of waning Florida red tide blooms. These results were found using a DNA microarray designed by the NCCOS HAB Genomics Project for […]

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Gulf Dolphins Exposed to Oil Are Seriously Ill, Agency Says – NYTimes.com

Dolphins in Barataria Bay off Louisiana, which was hit hard by the BP oil spill in 2010, are seriously ill, and their ailments are probably related to toxic substances in the petroleum, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggested on Friday(, March 23, 2012). … Lori Schwacke, the lead scientist for the health assessment, said […]

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Study by NOAA and Partners Shows Some Gulf Dolphins Severely Ill : NOAA Gulf Spill Restoration

Barataria Bay, located in the northern Gulf of Mexico, received heavy and prolonged exposure to oil during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Based on comprehensive physicals of 32 live dolphins from Barataria Bay in the summer of 2011, preliminary results show that many of the dolphins in the study are underweight, anemic, have low blood […]

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