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Herbert

Nutrient Mix enables phytoplankton to flourish

by Herbert - 6th November 2017
Combination of nutrients is necessary to promote plankton growth For the food webs in the ocean and processes such as the carbon cycle, photosynthe...
Herbert

Virus reprograms ocean plankton

by Herbert - 24th August 2017
Infected plankton cells absorb more nutrients A virus that infects plankton can reprogram cells and thus alter the way the plankton absorbs nutrien...
Herbert

New underwater observatory to monitor zooplankton

by Herbert - 10th December 2016
Scientists from the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) have placed an optical...
Herbert

Two-thirds of zooplankton at tropical coral reefs lost to ocean acidification

by Herbert - 24th September 2016
Ocean acidification can fundamentally change the structure of the reef Tropical coral reefs can lose up to two-thirds of their zooplankton as a re...
Mares

Proportion of unicellular plankton much higher than previously thought

by Mares - 29th April 2016
Unicellular planktonic organisms play a more important role in the marine ecosystem than previously thought. This was the conclusion drawn by marine...
Mares

Plankton Found To Be Factor In Cloud Formation

by Mares - 27th July 2015
In a recent study, scientists have shown that plankton promoted cloud formation over the oceans. Using satellite measurements and computer models, ...
Ivana and Janez

Corals are the perfect models

by Ivana and Janez - 4th October 2018
Looking at wonderful, colourful, tropical coral reefs, many people believe that the organisms responsible for these structures are plant based. Noth...
Submaris

Open Ocean Research

by Submaris - 10th April 2018
The Big Blue! Finally! After three days of travelling via plane, a short delay of one day due to carnival, and a long taxi ride along winding grave...
Ivana and Janez

The Prettiest of Worms

by Ivana and Janez - 4th April 2018
When we think of worms, these colourful, feathery, flower-like creatures are not the first things that come to mind. Their colourful tentacles make th...
Ivana and Janez

Primitive? Maybe. Ugly? Definitely not!

by Ivana and Janez - 26th March 2018
Featherstars are more scientifically known as crinoids – coming from a Greek word meaning ‘lily-like’- so it comes as no surprise that they are ...
Franco and Sabrina

The Island of Santa Maria

by Franco and Sabrina - 27th February 2018
Islands in the current of an endless ocean (Part Two) Read Part 1 here Santa Maria In the Azores' archipelago, days take their cue from the s...
Herbert

Increasing nutrient input has implications for food webs in the Arctic Ocean

by Herbert - 13th February 2018
Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid Arctic climate change: in the...
Ivana and Janez

Mantas – the gentle giants of the seas

by Ivana and Janez - 7th February 2018
Manta rays – the diver's dream. Belonging to the family Mobulidae, there are two species of Manta Ray often seen and admired by divers: Manta birost...
Herbert

Cuttlefish: underestimated players in the ocean

by Herbert - 9th January 2018
Squids play an important role in the food web and in the carbon cycle Squid are marine creatures with fascinating biological properties. Some speci...
Herbert

Marine Snowfall at Equator

by Herbert - 13th October 2017
Detailed picture of biological particle flow to deep sea along the equator Animal excrement and parts of dead organisms constantly sink from the oc...
Mares

The Myth of the Jellyfish

by Mares - 1st September 2017
When I asked my child what jellyfish were, she said they are half fish, half jelly… Well nothing could be further from the truth, as they are not ev...
Herbert

Copepods rise and shine to internal genetic clocks

by Herbert - 7th August 2017
The Calanus finmarchicus is a copepod that packs a big punch. Although just two to four millimetres, this zooplankton’s genetic clock influences the...
Herbert

Why do krill stocks in Antarctica fluctuate?

by Herbert - 9th June 2017
Climatic influences not as important as previously thought Although just six centimeters long, the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) plays an imp...
Herbert

Marvels of the Arctic

by Herbert - 9th May 2017
Undertaking a cool journey of discoveryWater temperatures of minus 3°C. It is so cold here that using salt to lower the temperature of freezing is ...
Herbert

Haliphron atlanticus: Deep-sea octopus feeds on jellyfish

by Herbert - 30th March 2017
Octopus then uses tentacles of jellyfish to defend itself The open ocean is the largest habitat on Earth. Within this expansive and uninhibited real...
Herbert

Litter in the sea: New portal offers comprehensive coverage

by Herbert - 29th March 2017
New online portal LITTERBASE compiles all data in one location Where is litter at sea and which species and habitats does it affect? For the first...
Mares

New ocean measuring station at Boknis Eck

by Mares - 1st February 2017
GEOMAR and Helmholtz Center Geesthacht install new sensor node in Baltic Sea Boknis Eck(Boknis Corner) – a name familiar to oceanographers and m...
Herbert

Diving in Ireland

by Herbert - 5th January 2017
The Wild West of EuropeIreland has one of the world's greatest soccer fans, who most recently fervently expressed their strong support for their home...
Mares

Life beneath the ice

by Mares - 17th October 2016
Welcome to the world beneath the ice. We're all familiar with the animals that live above the ice at the Arctic and Antarctica, but have you wonde...
Mares

Greenpeace reports on research on microplastics in seafood

by Mares - 6th October 2016
Microplastics can accumulate in the food chain “In the environment, microplastics act like a foreign body with toxins. It contains contaminants ...
Mares

Environmental factors, not just climate change, can also affect isotopic composition of corals

by Mares - 28th September 2016
Important details found in calcium carbonate skeletons of corals The calcium carbonate skeletons of corals retain important details about their en...
Mares

Photo exhibition on ocean acidification opens at GEOMAR

by Mares - 27th September 2016
A new photo exhibition by two nature photographers centres on the organisms on which climate change research is currently focused on. From the Arc...
Mares

IUCN Report: “We are making the world sick”

by Mares - 9th September 2016
Drastic changes within the marine environment Since the 1970s, the oceans have absorbed more than 93 percent of the enhanced heating caused by clima...
Mares

Limitations of adaptation in ocean acidification

by Mares - 21st July 2016
Examining the evolutionary adaptation of unicellular phytoplankton Through the process of evolution, the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi, a unic...
Mares

Mesmerising creatures of the sea, yet so vicious – Misadventures with comb jellies

by Mares - 18th November 2015
Looking through the mask, it appears as if an alien lifeform is trying to communicate with the divers, flashing its light signals from eight rows of...
Mares

Nitrous Oxide From The Sea

by Mares - 26th June 2015
Kiel marine scientists have discovered that the South-East Pacific region has been emitting more nitrous oxide levels than previously expected. A...