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Graduate Student to Research Stable Isotopes in Pygmy Sperm Whale Teeth

College of Charleston Master’s student, Nicole Montey, under the direction of a scientist from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Wayne McFee, was one of two students recently awarded the Master of Environmental Studies Graduate Assistantship for student research and travel. Nicole’s research will use stable isotope analysis of teeth from pygmy sperm whales to determine […]

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Mobile Robotic Laboratory Will Track Ocean Toxins: Popular Mechanics Probes the MBARI-NCCOS Research Collaboration

The widely read technology magazine, Popular Mechanics informed its readership about cutting-edge technologies underway at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to expand applications of the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), a robotic molecular biology laboratory operating autonomously beneath the ocean’s surface. NCCOS’s primary role in […]

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California HAB Forecasting Highlighted by Major Ocean Research Organization, Online News Service

A NCCOS-funded harmful algal bloom forecasting project is providing key information that one day will help scientists overcome the challenges of HAB forecasting and predict when and where blooms may occur.  The prestigious Monterey Bay Research Institute (MBARI), a partner in the research, recently advertised the NCCOS harmful algal bloom forecasting project in a press […]

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Harmful Algae Blooms Plague Lake Erie Again I National Geographic News Watch Water Currents

Seeing the photos from the record-breaking algal bloom on Lake Erie in 2011 was like déjà vu for me. I grew up in the Great Lakes region in the 1960s and 1970s and remember the days when Lake Erie was declared “dead.” I later learned that the green scum that plagued the lake during summer […]

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International Harmful Algal Bloom Panel Convenes to Decide Future HAB Activities

On April 28-30, 2013, Dr. Robert Magnien of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) chaired the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB).  This year, IPHAB reviewed progress on harmful algae priorities and initiatives in partnership with other international organizations such as International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the […]

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NCCOS Study Finds Sharks and Top Predators Depend on Benthic Algae in Healthy Coral Reefs

In a newly published study, NCCOS researcher link sharks and other top predators with primary producers (benthic algae) in pristine, healthy coral reef ecosystems.  “We used chemical signatures of carbon and nitrogen found in the tissues of the algae, invertebrates, fish, and sharks from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) to trace the extent benthic algae influences […]

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NCCOS-funded Science in Washington State Seeks to Better Understand Linkages Between HAB Cysts, Shellfish Toxicity, and Threshold for HABs

In March, the Puget Sound Alexandrium Harmful Algal Bloom (PS-AHAB) Project (funded by The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science‘s Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) Program) issued the 2013 preliminary Alexandrium cyst map. This is part of PS-AHAB’s “just-in-time” information dissemination program to Puget Sound stakeholders to increase early warning capabilities for HAB events. Highest cyst […]

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Underwater Ocean Observing Robots Sniff Out Signs of Toxic Algae

Two autonomous robotic Environmental Sample Processors capable of detecting the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia and its potent neurotoxin domoic acid were deployed off Huntington Beach, California in March as part of a novel ocean observing network. These underwater laboratories transmit data to shore from a toxin sensor designed by a researcher from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal […]

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