AT A GLANCE
October 1, 2014
New database provides vast trove of genetic information on tiny single-celled organisms in the ocean
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.”
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
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
Read about some of the amazing animals researchers have seen during MBARI's Biodiversity and Biooptics Expedition.
MBARI hosts Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE competition
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