MBARI in the news – 2017

Dec 27 Women in higher education
Katija charts her path as a deep sea scholar” by Lois Elfman
Dec 22 Discover Magazine (Inkfish blog)
Dead squid moms are a gift to the ocean floor” by Elizabeth Preston
Dec 18 Reefcheck News
Reef Check California launches climate change research project” by Jan Freiwald
Dec 14 IEEE Earthzine
In the hunt for ocean treasures, robots lead the way” by Erica Spain
Dec 6 Stories related to MBARI news release: Unique field survey yields first big-picture view of deep-sea food webs
– Science Sifter, “Who is the top predator of the deep ocean? Video reveals some surprises” (12-6-17)
– The Verge, “Underwater robots reveal the cannibalistic all-you-can-eat-buffet of the deep sea” by Alessandra Potenza (12-14-17)
– National Geographic News, “Deep-sea predators revealed in 30 years of footage” by Sarah Gibbens (12-14-17)
– New York Times, “What eats what: A landlubber’s guide to deep sea dining” by Joanna Klein (12-19-17)
– KION-TV, “Who’s eating who in the Monterey Bay” by Zach Mcintyre (12-20-17)
– SF Gate (via MSN News), “Monterey Bay submarine captures macabre meals of our deep-sea neighbors” by Michelle Robertson (12-23-17)
–, “Videos unlock secrets of jellyfish as deep-sea killers” (12-24-17)
– WetPixel, “A new study explores the deep sea food chain” by Abi Smigel Mullens (12-27-17)
Dec Kazoo
“The glowing seas
Dec Cosmos
Four beguiling organisms from beneath the waves” by James Mitchell Crow
Nov 30 National Wildlife
Up from the depths” by Richard Conniff
Nov 7 Particle
Monster fish of the deep” by Alex Dook
Nov 5 Sierra
Secrets of the whale shark highway” by Jason Daley
Nov 4 Epoch Times
Rare ghost shark filmed for first time” by Chris Jasurek
Nov Sea Technology
“Microplastics transportable to deep seafloor via fecal pellets”
Oct 31 Earth Touch News
Halloween: The deep-sea edition
Oct 31 EarthSky
Deep-sea nightmares and other ocean spookiness” by Deborah Byrd
Oct 30 National Geographic Australia
6 Ghostly animals just in time for halloween” by Liz Langley
Oct 21 Santa Cruz Sentinel
Restoring corals in cold waters off Big Sur” by Dan Haifley
Oct 18 Wired
The hunt for the brain-eating amoebas of Yellowstone” by Matt Simon
Oct 17 The Loh-Down on Science (KPCC radio), “Marine mucus house” by Sandra Tsing Loh
Oct 11 EOS
Thirteen innovative ways humans use drones” by JoAnna Wendel [Doesn’t mention MBARI, but describes use of benthic event detectors in Monterey Canyon]
Oct 9 National Geographic Australia
The vampire squid is a garbage-eater that collects raining rubbish with living fishing lines.” by Ed Yong [reprint of a Nat Geo US story from 2012]
Oct 4 International Business Times
Scientists hunt brain-eating amoeba with a 97% fatality rate” by Aristos Georgiou [Also carried by net news aggregators DeathRattle Sports and Gears of Biz]
Sept 10 Verge Science
This creature has been pooping microplastics all over the seafloor.
Sept 9 Santa Cruz Sentinel
Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: Monterey Bay Sanctuary turns 25” by Dan Haifley
Sept 9 Monterey Herald
In wake of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 25th anniversary, local leaders remember the fight” by Tom Wright
Sept 7 Wow in the world (NPR podcast)
Mucus mansions & pooping plastic
Sept 6 Santa Barbara Independent
Ocean Trilogy at SBMM–Program of Dance and Science” by Kiki Reyes
Sept 1 Oceans Deeply
Researchers discover a whale shark highway
Aug 25 NSF News
Luminescent ocean drifters hold keys to deep-sea animal adaptations” by Cheryl Dybas
Aug 21 New York Times
The deep seas are alive with light” by William J. Broad [Article also carried by several other international papers, including The Hindu]
Aug 20 The Virginian-Pilot
Cargo containers lost at sea are hard to count, track” by Robert McCabe
Aug 16 Stories related to MBARI news release: Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs
– Wired, “Plankton ‘mucus houses’ could pull microplastics from the sea” by Eric Niiler (8-16-17)
– Seeker, “Giant larvaceans sweep up and poop out plastic waste in the oceans” by Matt Smith (8-16-17)
– Science News, “Giant larvaceans could be ferrying ocean plastic to the seafloor” by Helen Thompson (8-16-17)
– New Scientist, “Weird creatures are spreading polluting plastic through the sea” by Michael Le Page (8-16-17)
– The Scientist, “Giant plankton may help move plastic pollution to sea floor” by Bob Grant (8-16-17)
– The Verge, “Tiny bits of plastic get to the seafloor by hitching rides on snot palaces” by Alessandra Potenza (8-16-17)
– Daily Mail, “How pollution makes its way to the ocean floor: Deep-sea footage reveals plastic eaten by tiny plankton sinks to the bottom in fecal pellets” by Cecile Borkhataria (8-16-17)
– National Geographic News, “Ocean life eats tons of plastic—Here’s why that matters” by Laura Parker (8-16-17)
– EarthTouch News, “Meet the giant oceanic mucous-creature that eats plastic” by David Moscato (8-16-17)
– PBS Newshour, “Giant plankton eat and transport plastic through the ocean” by Roni Dengler (8-17-17)
– News Deeply, “Meet the plankton that eats microplastic” (8-18-17)
– Inverse, “These sea critters trap and remove microplastics from oceans” by Jacqueline Ronson (8-18-17)
– Boston Globe, “Innovation of the Week: ‘The mucus house’” (8-18-17)
Aug 9 Los Angeles Times
Will the Great American Eclipse make animals act strangely? Science says yes” by Deborah Netburn
Aug 2 The Verge
How do you make a jellyfish wear an activity tracker?” by Rachel Becker
Aug 1 Wired
A lake-dwelling robot fights toxic algae blooms” by Menaka Wilhelm
July 29 Santa Cruz Sentinel
MBARI: Visitors see inner workings of ocean science at open house” by Tom Leyde [also carried by Monterey Herald]
July 24 Stories related to MBARI news release: New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized
– News Deeply, “The discovery that could throw a monkey wrench in deep-sea mining” by Todd Woody (8-2-17) [Picked up by United Press International and reprinted in a number of publications worldwide]
– Scientific American, “Bizarro life-forms inhabiting deep-sea vents may be at risk” by Shannon Hall (8-4-17)
July 19 PhysOrg
New robotic lab tracking toxicity of Lake Erie algal bloom” [based on news release from University of Michigan]
July 13 Paste
Sustainability Report: High-tech coral reef monitoring” by Margo Pierce
July 6 BBC – Future
The giant undersea rivers we know very little about” by Richard Gray
June 23 Science Friday (NPR)
The cephalo-inspired technology of the future” [Panel interview including Kakani Katija]
June 20 Quartz
In honor of Cephalopod Week, here are eight fantastic facts about octopuses and their ilk” by Corinne Purtill
June 13 Inside Philanthropy
How much money has been going to ocean philanthropy? And who’s giving?” by Tate Williams
June 5 Stories related to MBARI news release: What caused the most toxic algal bloom ever observed in Monterey Bay?
– Monterey Herald, “Research paper IDs cause of 2015 toxic algal bloom in Monterey Bay” by Tom Wright (6-6-17) [Also carried by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, and the East Bay Times]
– KSBW-TV, “What caused the most toxic algae bloom ever observed in Monterey Bay?” (6-6-17)
– KION-TV, “Moss Landing scientists discover cause of domoic acid” by Steve Fundaro (6-6-17)
– SF Gate, “Mystery of Monterey Bay’s most toxic algal bloom ever solved” by Michelle Robertson (6-9-17)
– Chemistry World, “Ocean chemistry was responsible for 2015 Monterey Bay disaster” by Jamie Durrani (6-28-17)
May 24-26 California Report
Guess these sounds from a special underwater microphone” by
Tiffany Camhi [Three-part radio series–part 1, part 2, part 3]
May 3 Stories related to MBARI news release:Lasers shed light on the inner workings of the giant larvacean
– New York Times, “In disposable mucus houses, these zooplankton filter the oceans” by Steph Yin (5-3-17)
– Scientific American, “Slime houses of pinky-size plankton cycle carbon” by Lydia Chain (5-3-17)
– Seeker, “Pinky-sized marine animal breaks record for ocean filtration” by Jen Viegas (5-3-17)
– The Verge, “Meet the snot-dwelling sea creatures who help move food through the ocean” by Rachel Becker (5-3-17)
– Newsy (ABC news), “Filter-feeding plankton clean carbon out of the oceans” by Evan Thomas (5-3-17)
– Science News, “Sea creatures’ sticky ‘mucus houses’ catch ocean carbon really fast” by Susan Milius (5-4-17)
– Science Friday (NPR), “The house that snot built” interview by Christie Taylor (5-5-17)
– BBC News, Two interviews with Kakani Katija (5-7-17)
– Quartz, “This gorgeous deep-sea creature can filter atmospheric carbon and bury it in the ocean” by Michael Tabb (5-8-17)
– Mental Floss, “How blobs of sea snot help keep our oceans clean” by Kate Horowitz (5-9-17)
– Cosmos, “Larvacean life: the surprise ocean giants of global carbon capture” by Amy Middleton (5-10-17)
– Optics & Photonics News, “Lasers capture sea creatures in action” by Sarah Michaud (5-10-17)
– KPCC radio, “Giant zooplankton: Nature’s water filtering, carbon storing enigma” by Julia Paskin (5-10-17)
– KSBW-TV, “MBARI researchers using lasers to study gelatinous creatures” by Caitlin Conrad (5-25-17)
Apr 21 Atlas Obscura
“Why scientists drag dead whales to the bottom of the sea” by Kevin Litman-Navarro
April 10 Stories related to MBARI news release New study shows that three quarters of deep-sea animals make their own light
– UPI, “Most deep-sea animals produce their own light, research shows” by Brooks Hayes (4-10-17)
– Huffington Post – UK, “Three in four deep-sea animals are bioluminescent, breakthrough study finds” by Oscar Williams (4-11-17)
– R&D Magazine, “Study sheds light on deep-sea animals” by Kenny Walter (4-11-17)
– Science, “More than 75% of surveyed sea animals glow in the dark” by Virginia Morell (4-11-17)
– LiveScience, “Shining sea: 75 percent of ocean’s animals glow” by Stephanie Pappas (4-12-17)
– Atlas Obscura, “If you live in the ocean, odds are you’re glowing right now” by Samir S. Patel (4-12-17)
– Monterey County Weekly, “MBARI study reveals the majority of marine animals can create their own light” by David Schmalz (4-13-17)
– India Today, “Three quarters of deep-sea animals produce light: study” by Press Trust of India (4-16-17) [Carried by at least 6 other news sites in India]
-Treehugger, “Three quarters of deep-sea creatures glow in the dark” by Melissa Breyer (4-18-17)
Mar 27 Stories related to an article in Nature-Scientific Reports about a pelagic octopus that eats jellies
-Science, “This deep-sea octopus is a jellyfish junkie” by Erik Stokstad (3-27-17)
– Nature, “Rare sighting reveals deep-sea octopus’s unusual breakfast” by Jane J. Lee
(3-28-17) [also carried by Scientific American]
– KSBW-TV, “Secretive giant octopus recorded by Monterey researchers” (3-28-17) [also carried by SF Gate]
– Gizmodo, “This elusive giant octopus snacks on giant jellies” by George Dvorsky (3-29-17)
– New Scientist, “Giant octopus wears jellyfish cape after it devours its owner” by Maria Bolevich (3-29-17)
– ZME Science, “Camera-shy octopus reveals what it’s been eating” by Elena Motivans (3-29-17)
– CNET, “A rare sighting of a giant octopus reveals its lunch” by Michelle Starr (3-29-17)
– Quartz, “A “seven-armed” octopus has been caught eating jellyfish” by Akshat Rathi (3-30-17)
– CBS, “Rare sighting of giant octopus reveals a surprise” by Michelle Starr (3-30-17)
– Smithsonian, “Researchers spot giant, deep-sea octopus munching on an unusual snack” by Brigit Katz (3-31-17)
– Discover, “Jelly Belly: Elusive deep sea octopus takes its gelatinous meals to go” By Christie Wilcox (3-31-17)
– National Geographic News, “Watch as octopus eats jellyfish, then clings to it as likely weapon” By Sarah Gibbens (4-5-17)
Mar 23 Good Times
“How loud noises are leaving whales stranded”
by Brendan D. Bane
Mar 15
“Subsea lidar to map ocean floor with centimeter resolution”
[Based on a press release by 3DatDepth
Feb 13 Stories related to a Duke University press release about the unusual eyes of Histioteuthis squids
– LiveScience, “Squid survives ocean’s ‘twilight zone’ thanks to its mismatched eyes” by Laura Geggle (2-13-17) [Also carried by CBS News and Tech Times]
– National Geographic News, “Bizarre deep-sea squid has mismatched eyes” by Viviane Callier (2-13-17)
– Daily Mail, “Meet the ‘cockeyed’ squid: Bizarre creature has lopsided eyes to help it survive in the ocean’s twilight zone” by Shivali Best (2-13-17)
Feb 13 Scientific American (blog)
“Marine ecosystems are preparing for climate change”
by Kavya Balaraman
Jan 26
“Trimming power on an oceanographic lab in a can”
by Eric Brown
Jan 9 Eurekalert
“Newly discovered phytoplankton groups appear to favor warmer oceans”
(News release from Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)
Jan 5 Science Daily
“Study examines ocean acidification effects on rockfish, a key California marine prey base”
(News release from Californiat State University, Monterey Bay)
Jan 4 Stories related to an article in Nature about fossil chimaeras
– The Verge, “To figure out how ghost sharks evolved, scientists virtually reconstructed an ancient shark brain” by Rachel Becker (1-4-17)
– Gizmodo, “Bizarre ghost sharks evolved from an even weirder species of ancient fish” by George Dvorsky (1-4-17)
– International Business Times, “Inside of ancient shark skull reveals evolutionary origins of eerie ghost sharks” by Martha Henriques (1-4-17)