Latest Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education Stories
Coordinated timing may have implications for energy transformation, ocean food web
Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans—a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the “plastisphere.”
A research team led by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has discovered that marine microbes are adapted to very narrow and specialized niches in their environment.
Earth losing species more rapidly than scientists can understand the roles they play.
There is a lot of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, but claims that the â€œGreat Garbage Patchâ€ between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated, according to an analysis by an Oregon State University scientist.
When I attend a middle school or high school career day, I often have a student tell me, "I want to be an oceanographer." But as we talk more, I realize that what the student really wants to be is a marine biologist.
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