This Thesis Defense Was Livestreamed From In The Pacific Ocean

Today, Mike Irvine defended his thesis in a pinstripe suit and scuba gear underwater from a dive site in the Pacific Ocean. With his committee connected by a livestreamed teleconference, the first submarine defense was a proof-of-concept for his research on how marine web cameras are impacting ocean education. » 4/21/15 12:40pm Tuesday 12:40pm

California Is In the Middle of a Sea Lion Crisis

In January and February of 2015, over 1,450 sea lions have appeared on the beaches of California in need of rescue. The reason? Experts believe that their food is being driven away from the islands where sea lions breed, forcing immature sea lions to enter the sea in a search for food. And ending up on the coast,… » 3/16/15 4:00am 3/16/15 4:00am

These Are All The Areas Likely To Be Hit By The Coral Bleaching Outbreak

Coral bleaching is among nature's spookiest reactions. One day, a section of coral is teeming with life and color. Then, suddenly, all that's left is the bleached out outline of that empty coral, a ghost coral in empty waters. And we could be headed for a truly landscape altering coral bleaching this year. » 3/09/15 9:20am 3/09/15 9:20am

Should We Be Exploring The Oceans Instead Of Space?

For some, the irony is almost too much to bear. While Congress is eager to fund a $2 billion expedition to search for oceans beneath Europa, some 95% of Earth's oceans are unexplored. Given the role of oceans in regulating climate, and their untapped potential for food and health, is it time to rethink our priorities? » 8/11/14 8:00am 8/11/14 8:00am

How Whales Will Save The World – If We Let Them

For a thousand years humans systematically hunted whales for their meat, oil, and bone. Some whale populations were reduced by as much as 90%. But now that they're being protected, scientists are realizing the critical role that whales play in balancing marine ecosystems. Here are four ways they keep oceans healthy. » 8/06/14 11:15am 8/06/14 11:15am