How do cetaceans and other marine vertebrates avoid decompression sickness? A new explanation for beating the bends.

By Nick Martinez, SRC intern The challenge of decompression sickness (DCS) and Nitrogen Narcosis, have always proved a threat to the deep diving vertebrates of the marine world. For years, scientists have debated over how cetaceans and other marine vertebrates are able to avoid DCS. In a recent paper from Daniel Parraga and colleagues, Pulmonary […]

Fur Seals Suppress REM Sleep for Very Long Periods without a Subsequent Rebound

By Meagan Ando, SRC intern There are two sleep states that all mammals and birds utilize: slow-wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM). REM sleep is vital to the psychological and physical well-being of living organisms. Extended periods of deprivation can cause severe dysfunction and can even lead to death (Kushida, C. A. et. […]

ouFish: Capturing recreational fishing trends in in the Mediterranean Sea through social media

By Kaylie Anne Costa, SRC intern How do you study the impacts of recreational fishing if fisherman are not expected to report what they catch? Scientists studying the impacts of recreational fishing in the Mediterranean Sea are taking a fascinating approach. By compiling over 1500 YouTube videos posted from eight countries, the scientists can analyze […]

Carbon dioxide addition to coral reef waters suppresses net community calcification

By Allison Banas, SRC intern Coral reefs play a key role in human’s daily lives. Providing food, protection, and income for millions of people worldwide are just a few of the major impacts these ecosystems have (Albright et al. 2016). Ocean acidification can lower the saturation state of aragonite mineral, which composes coral skeletons. Within […]

A Contaminating Diversification: Discovering New Algal Toxins in Our Oceans and its Negative Implications

By Casey Dresbach, SRC intern Coastal waters are one of the world’s greatest assets, yet they are being hit with pollution from all directions (U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, 2004). As we move further into the Anthropocene, water conditions worldwide are continuing to degrade. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2002 National Water Quality Inventory […]

The Lasting Legacy of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

By Delaney Reynolds, SRC intern Mankind’s use of fossil fuels as an energy source can place our natural environment at grave risk, and nowhere is that more acute than in the Gulf of Mexico. The environmental threats the Gulf region faces from petroleum production and exploration are not just those that appear in the media […]