Oregon State coral researchers find link between bacterial genus and disease susceptibility

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corals that appear healthy are more prone to getting sick when they’re home to too many parasitic bacteria, new research at Oregon State University shows.

Smaller than expected phytoplankton may mean less carbon sequestered at sea bottom

A study that included the first-ever winter sampling of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic revealed cells smaller than what scientists expected, meaning a key weapon in the fight against excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may not be as powerful as had been thought.

Satellite data boosts understanding of climate change’s effects on kelp

Tapping into 35 years of satellite imagery, researchers at Oregon State University have dramatically enlarged the database regarding how climate change is affecting kelps, near-shore seaweeds that provide food and shelter for fish and protect coastlines from wave damage.

Oregon State scientists tout ocean protection progress, give road map for more

World governments and other leadership bodies are taking vital steps to protect the ocean but more progress is urgently needed, Oregon State University scientists reported today at the Our Ocean Conference.

OSU ecologist: Ocean-based actions can close gaps in climate change mitigation

Ocean-based actions have greater potential to fill in gaps in climate change mitigation than previously appreciated, an Oregon State University scientist and two co-authors explain in a paper published today in Science.

Localized efforts to save coral reefs won’t be enough, Oregon State study suggests

A study of factors that cause corals stress suggests that localized attempts to curb pollution on reefs won’t save them without a worldwide effort to reduce global warming.

Corals and their microbiomes evolved together, new research shows

Corals and the microbes they host evolved together, new research by Oregon State University shows.

OSU analysis finds countries following through on ocean conservation promises

Nations and organizations have taken action on nearly all of their recent ocean conservation pledges and almost half of those promises have been fulfilled, research by Oregon State University shows.

OSU-based Oregon Sea Grant to award grants to researchers in Oregon

Oregon Sea Grant, a marine research, public engagement and education program based at Oregon State University, is awarding nearly $1.1 million in competitive, federally funded research grants for 2018-20.

New study suggests that sperm whales travel together, dine alone

Sperm whales have long been known to be highly social creatures and a new study confirms that when a group of them travel, they tend to hang pretty close together.

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