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Gulf of Mexico Phytoplankton Communities Altered after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history with documented negative impacts to zooplankton, fish, birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals. Now, new research partially funded by NCCOS has disclosed negative impacts […]

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Scientist and Television Station Report Long Island Water Quality Index Weekly

An NCCOS-sponsored scientist partnered with a Long Island television station to create a public water quality index that keeps citizens informed of local water conditions. The online, interactive index provides weekly reports on six water quality parameters—dissolved oxygen, water clarity, temperature, chlorophyll, fecal bacteria, and harmful algal blooms (HABs)—in more than 25 water bodies in and […]

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Four New Algal Species Discovered in Hawai‘i’s Mesophotic Waters

NOAA-funded scientists at the University of Hawai‘i have discovered and described four new algal species in Hawai‘i’s mesophotic coral ecosystems. The new species are commonly known as green sea lettuces (Ulva ohiohilulu, Ulva iliohaha, Umbraulva kuaweuweu, and Umbraulva kaloakulau). Sea lettuces are not well described in mesophotic environments (100–500 feet deep), but are known from shallow […]

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New York Rapid Response Lab is a Valuable Tool in Mitigating HABs

Professor Greg Boyer, with the algal toxins laboratory at the Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) continues to demonstrate a valuable capacity for the state’s monitoring of a suite of toxins produced by cyanobacteria blooms known to have human health implications. This monitoring is necessary for rapid response to toxic […]

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Connecting with Local Communities to Document Sea Level Rise in North Carolina

A NCCOS project to understand and predict changes in North Carolina coastal marshes, and their capacity to protect shorelines from the combined impacts of sea-level rise, tides, and storm surge partnered with the NOAA North Carolina Sentinel Site Cooperative. Project leader, Dr. Christine Voss (University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences), combines research results […]

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NCCOS Sponsored Scientist Honored with Prestigious Early-Career Award

Dr. Angelicque White, a NCCOS-sponsored researcher, received the 2016 Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award for her groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research. The award, given by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), honors an early-career scientist for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues like resource management, conservation, policy, and public education. […]

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Research Gaps Identified to Improve Future Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasts

After a 2013 workshop at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, NCCOS-sponsored researchers published a study in Harmful Algae addressing the current knowledge of climate change and how it could impact environmental conditions that favor harmful algal bloom (HAB) formation. The workshop gathered a diverse group of HAB researchers who summarized the state of knowledge and information gaps of the potential […]

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Coastal Development Impacts Puerto Rico’s Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

NCCOS-supported research recently published in Coral Reefs suggests coastal development negatively impacts mesophotic coral ecosystems, which were previously considered less likely to be affected by anthropogenic activities due to their greater depths. The project assessed the vulnerability of light-dependent mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) off the south coast of Puerto Rico to anthropogenic impacts. Results showed that MCEs located […]

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