Furthering marine research through the peer efforts of scientists and engineers
October 1, 2014
Pie chart of dinoflagellate groups covered in the MMETSP database
This pie chart shows the wide variety of dinoflagellates (a common marine alga) that are included in the new MMETSP database.

Marine microbiologists typically use large databases to compare the genetic material of one microbe to that of others. Unfortunately, existing databases are woefully incomplete when it comes to microbes in the ocean. To help address this problem, MBARI microbiologist Alexandra Worden recently helped compile a groundbreaking database that provides a wealth of data on an immense, but little-studied group of marine microbes—the “microbial eukaryotes.”

Sargassum raft
Small rafts of Sargassum seaweed like this one are a common sight in the Sargasso Sea.

September 23, 2014

Over one thousand miles wide and three thousand miles long, the Sargasso Sea occupies almost two thirds of the North Atlantic Ocean. Within the sea, circling ocean currents accumulate mats of Sargassum seaweed that shelter a surprising variety of fishes, snails, crabs, and other small animals. A recent paper by MBARI researcher Crissy Huffard and others shows that in 2011 and 2012 this animal community was much less diverse than it was in the early 1970s, when the last detailed studies were completed in this region.     Read more

Illustration of SOCCOM profiling float in Southern Ocean
A profiling float sends its data back to shore after rising to the surface in the Southern Ocean.

September 15, 2014

Ocean researchers are on the verge of gaining new insights about the changing Southern Ocean with help from sensors developed by a research team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). These sensors will be implemented in the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) program, which just received a $21 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.     Read more

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