Category Archives: Marine Biology

Discovering and studying the creatures that live in that 70% of the earth that lies under the sea.

Scuba Divers Build Species Data Network

This is an image of a Lionfish shared on Diveboard by diver Jamie-Lee Thorpe. Credit: Jamie-Lee Thorpe

Species observations from thousands of scuba divers all over the world are now freely accessible via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Continue reading…

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Citizen Scientist Musings: Beasties for Halloween

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Can you imagine what Hitchcock might have done with a movie starting these fiends? Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Helps Save Data-Poor Fisheries in Palau

The findings have been convincing enough to motivate some Palauan communities to adopt more sustainable fishery management practices. And the Conservancy is now working to bring the approach to “data-poor, resource-poor” developing world fisheries across the globe. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Plankton Hunters

In the case of plankton, it is particularly appropriate, since where life on earth in general, and marine life in particular is concerned, one could hardly get more basic than plankton. Without it, there would be no sea life. There would also be much less oxygen for land-dwelling organisms. Continue reading…

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The 2013 Eureka Prizes

Best science photograph: Amateur photographer and marine biologist Richard Wylie's photo of a weedy seadragon. Photo: Richard Wylie.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership & commercialisation, school science and science journalism & communication. Continue reading…

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Amateur Paleontologist Studies Life of 350 Million Years Ago

Amateur paleontologist John Forde with one of his largest specimens.

EVERY weekend, in his garage, to the sound of Derby County on the radio, John Forde slowly unearths things no human has ever seen before. Continue reading…

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Follow the Voyages of Oceanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer berthed at the NOAA Ford Island facility located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

NOAA has a wonderful set of live feed cameras that are quite addictive to anyone at all interested in the fun and thrill of exploration. These video feeds chronicle the travels of their research vessel Oceanos Explorer. Continue reading…

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South Mississippi citizen scientists present lessons learned post-spill

TAMMY LEYTHAM/SUN HERALDBien Do and Tuat Nguyen, members of the Vietnamese fishing community, give a bilingual presentation Saturday on the effects of the oil spill on their livelihood.

Residents got a lesson on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill Saturday from citizen scientists during a community event held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. Continue reading…

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Watching Sevengill Sharks

Sevengill shark sightings are on the rise off San Diego, and citizen-science divers who have been logging their close encounters are now looking for a biologist to help explain why the sharks have become more common off the coast since 2009. Continue reading…

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The Mystery of the Starving Sea Lion Pups

Rescued sea lion pups recover at a wildlife rescue center. Washington Post photo.

Along the California coast, hundreds of undernourished sea lion pups are washing up on the beaches. Continue reading…

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