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New Study Finds Florida’s Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve in Good Ecological Condition

NCCOS scientists recently published an assessment of ecological conditions at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Florida. The 2014 study integrated measures of water quality, sediment quality, and biological condition to assess the current status of the ecosystem within the reserve, as well as several locations outside of the reserve in the […]

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Great Lakes Conference Highlights NCCOS Research

The International Association for Great Lakes Research’s (IAGLR) annual Conference on Great Lakes Research showcases the latest findings on the Great Lakes and other large lakes around the world. This year’s conference, held last month in Detriot, Michigan, highlighted a range of NCCOS research, including: ecological forecasting, remote sensing, habitat mapping, modeling, harmful algal blooms, chemical […]

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BBC Documentary Highlights Microplastics Detection in Bottlenose Dolphins

NCCOS scientists and collaborators from the College of Charleston detected microplastics in gut samples of bottlenose dolphins for the first time. While microplastics have been visibly detected in other marine wildlife species, they had not been observed in bottlenose dolphins until now. The research, conducted in coordination with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, will expand knowledge of […]

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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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NCCOS Research Highlighted at Interagency Oil Pollution Meeting

NCCOS scientists presented their research on oil spill mitigation products at the first quarter meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR), which was also attended by several congressional staffers. The research compared the toxicity of a variety of oil spill dispersants and shoreline cleaner products on a range of estuarine organisms, […]

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NOAA Student Scholars Present Summer Research With NCCOS

Ten student undergraduate scholars, most with the NOAA Educational Partnership Program and Hollings Scholarship Program, are interning this summer with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD, Oxford, MD, Beaufort, NC, and Charleston, SC. Their internship programs culminated with presentations by each scholar of their summer research at the Science and […]

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Meeting Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Science

Along with individual stressor-based research projects, NCCOS undertakes a broader ecosystem approach using larger, multidisciplinary research projects. A recent essay authored in part by NCCOS sponsored scientists gives perspectives on challenges and paths for advancing estuarine science; NCCOS research strives to meet these challenges. Five major research challenges were identified: (1) Maintaining and improving spatially distributed time-series datasets; […]

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NCCOS Studies Shoreline Cleaner Effects on Crude Oil

NCCOS scientists recently used tidal estuarine simulation units (mesocosms) to study the crude oil-removal efficiency of shoreline cleaners and the potential impacts of removed oil on an estuary. Oil spills that occur in estuaries, bays, or enclosed harbors have the potential to contaminate docks, bulkheads, ship hulls, and sensitive estuarine habitat. Depending on the situation […]

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