OSU marine ecologist chosen as first U.S. Science Envoy for Oceans

Building on a new commitment to improved marine protection and management, the U.S. Department of State has chosen Jane Lubchenco as the first Science Envoy for the Oceans.

Science study links greenhouse gases to African rainfall

A new study published this week in Science links increases in greenhouse gases during a warming climate after the last ice age to increases in African rainfall.

PNAS study: Ocean biota responds to global warming

A new study suggests that the ocean may absorb carbon dioxide more efficiently than previously thought, but it may come at a cost - decreased oxygen in ocean environments.

New study shows three abrupt pulse of CO2 during last deglaciation

A new study shows that the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributed to the end of the last ice age was characterized by three “pulses” of rapid C02 increase.

Study: Could sleeper sharks be preying on protected Steller sea lions?

Pacific sleeper sharks, a slow-moving species thought of as primarily a scavenger or predator of fish, may be preying on something larger – protected Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska.

Scientists discover carbonate rocks are unrecognized methane sink

Rocky assemblages known as authigenic carbonates in many oceans contain methane-eating microbes that constitute a previously unknown "sink" for this potent greenhouse gas.

OSU part of major grant to study Southern Ocean carbon cycle

A new six-year, $21 million initiative funded by the NSF will explore the role of carbon and heat exchanges in the vast Southern Ocean – and their potential impacts on climate change.

Study: Pacific Northwest shows warming trend over past century-plus

Annual mean temperature in the Northwest has warmed by about 1.3 degrees (F) since the early 20th century – a warming trend that has been accelerating over the past 3-4 decades.

OSU researchers tagging whales off southern California

OSU researchers are tagging blue and fin whales off southern California as a follow-up to their landmark 15-year analysis on blue whale distribution published last month.

First tagging study of Antarctic minke whales shows unique feeding

Scientists for the first time have used tags to track the behavior of Antarctic minke whales and discovered that they feed in ways unique from other species.

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