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NCCOS Research on Display at 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting

From February 26 to March 3, 2017 the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) held its biennial Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai′i. NCCOS scientists and sponsored investigators shared their research results with thousands of limnologists and oceanographers from around the world. Topics included harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, science to management applications, […]

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New Guidance for Standardized Deep-Sea Observations

A new NCCOS report analyzes the application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) in Deep-Sea benthic surveys in the Northeast Pacific. The CMECS is intended to unify habitat classification efforts, in order to allow for broader integration and comparison of data. Habitat classification is important because it helps to identify deep-sea corals, hydrocarbon seep communities, […]

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More Complete Dolphin Genome Could Improve Assessments

A new, more exhaustive Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) genome, or complete set of the species’ genetic material, was completed by NOAA partners at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Genetic data from T. truncatus blood and skin studies were made available by NOAA’s NCCOS […]

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Hardened Shorelines Decrease Small Fish and Invertebrate Abundance

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows that shoreline hardening has mostly negative effects on estuarine animals. This is evident both at a local scale directly next to a hardened shoreline and at the larger system-wide scale as the percent of shoreline hardening accumulated in an estuarine area. Scientists examined 15 common fish and invertebrate species in tributaries of […]

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Depth Affects Algal Symbiont Composition in Caribbean Coral

NCCOS-funded researchers investigating the diversity of symbiotic algae (Symbiodinium spp.) associated with the coral Agaricia lamarcki in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands found the coral’s algal associations change with depth. Light-dependent corals form a mutually beneficial relationship (symbiosis) with the single-celled algae Symbiodinium, commonly known as zooxanthellae, which provide energy for the coral […]

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Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy

The recent NOAA Ocean Podcost, Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy, features NOAA science of how to use marine biogeography – the study of marine species, the geographic distribution of their habitats, and the relationships between living organisms and the environment – to help locate the best locations to place potential future alternative energy sites in […]

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Reducing Migratory Duck Mortality on Padre Island, TX

An extremely toxic Microcystis bloom on a pond in the Padre Island National Seashore was associated with a significant mortality of redhead ducks (Aythya americana). The primary concern is the mortality of redhead ducks that use this region as a major wintering ground. The NCCOS Event Response Program has funded a researcher from Texas A&M University […]

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NCCOS Intern Recognized at Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Conference

NOAA Hollings Scholar Brittany Evans, currently attending Eckerd College, was awarded Best Undergraduate Student Platform Presentation at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans, LA, February 6-10.  Her presentation highlighted research examining the interactive effects of salinity and oil spill dispersants in the Eastern mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta, which […]

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