Northeastern’s Mission 31 research team collected more than two years worth of data in just two weeks of the monthlong underwater research expedition. But even greater was all the fun they had.
Marine and Environmental Sciences
Northeastern graduate student Marissa McMahan is marshaling her scientific training and her family’s connection to the Maine lobster industry to research the black sea bass’ northern range expansion due to climate change.
Top researchers, entrepreneurs, scholars, and policymakers from Massachusetts and Switzerland convened at Northeastern University on Friday for an energy summit, where participants discussed innovations and strategies to address climate change and a range of other global energy challenges.
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Assistant professor Loretta Fernandez has developed a straightforward method for determining the concentration of contaminants likely to end up in the tissues of organisms living in polluted waterways.
Last week, Northeastern researchers were joined by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen W. Director to converse with audience members at the Boston Museum of Science from a unique vantage point: the bottom of the ocean at the Aquarius Reef Base off Florida’s coast.
When animals must balance the fear of being eaten with their own need to feed, their decisions affect the entire ecosystem. New research from professor Geoff Trussell, who directs Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, suggests this effect is even more pronounced under future climate change scenarios.
For the next two weeks faculty, students, and staff from Northeastern University’s Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative and led by professors Mark Patterson and Brian Helmuth are taking part in Mission 31.
Fish are not silent creatures. Just like the terrestrial world, there’s a veritable symphony of sound echoing under the sea. Indeed, the black drum fish was the subject of many a phone call to the Miami police back in 2005, when their midnight mating calls were waking up the locals.
Waterfront homeowners’ efforts represent hundreds of thousands of miniature conservation projects. Understanding how they tick is essential to urban coastal sustainability efforts, according to post-doctoral research fellow Steven Scyphers.