• Student designs sensor for ocean microplastic research June 9, 2015 More than 250 metric tons of microplastic are esti­mated to be floating in the world’s oceans, threatening marine life. Ethan Edson’s prototype is designed to gather data by tracking these harmful particles.
  • The rules of the water June 8, 2015 This summer, an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research team led by Marine and Environmental Sciences pro­fessor Geoff Trussell will study com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion and con­nec­tivity of rocky inter­tidal habi­tats throughout the Gulf of Maine.
  • Exploring the Three Seas as a student and a teacher May 15, 2015 Liz Magee traces her passion for diving back to her participation in the Three Seas Program more than 10 years ago, and she couldn’t be happier to have found her way back.
  • Using living boulders to reconstruct the history of ocean acidification April 28, 2015 It is widely known that rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are making the oceans more acidic, but how much have the oceans changed since the Industrial Revolution, and what impacts are these changes having on creatures inhabiting the ocean? Associate Professor Justin Ries is looking to rock-forming ‘coralline’ algae to answer these questions.
  • Climate models suggest major changes in coastal marine ecosystems February 18, 2015 Cli­mate change over the 21st cen­tury will sig­nif­i­cantly alter an impor­tant oceano­graphic process that reg­u­lates the pro­duc­tivity of fish­eries and marine ecosys­tems, according to an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research team led by North­eastern University.
  • 3Qs: New approach to understanding climate change February 11, 2015 College of Science professor Brian Helmuth and a group of international researchers recently published a review paper in Climate Change Responses calling for a new approach to understanding and predicting the impact of climate change.
  • Looking ahead: Coastal sustainability in 2015 February 5, 2015 Many of the principal issues facing coastal sustainability in 2015 are ones the field has been dealing with for some time, says Northeastern’s Marine Science Center Director Geoff Trussell.
  • A slightly more acidic ocean may help coral species November 5, 2014 New research from Marine and Environmental Sciences professor Justin Ries explains how moderate increases in ocean acidification and temperature can enhance the growth rates of some reef-forming corals.
  • What lights their fire November 3, 2014 Four professors in the College of Science explain what drives their passion for science and discovery.
  • PhD student at Marine Science Center has paper published October 25, 2014 Catherine Matassa has published a paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
  • 3Qs: Why time is now to link science, ocean policy August 5, 2014 Northeastern professor Brian Helmuth, an expert on climate change and environmental policy, has co-authored a paper in the journal Nature Climate Change examining the need to further integrate science into U.S. climate and ocean policy.
  • What’s wiping out the Caribbean corals? July 31, 2014 Student-researchers at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center turned to crowdfunding to support their work in Panama examining white-band disease, which has killed up to 95 percent of the Caribbean’s reef building corals.
  • Nature Climate Change publishes MES faculty’s paper July 30, 2014 Marine and Environmental Sciences professor Brian Helmuth co-authors a paper about US climate and ocean policy.
  • A simpler way to test for water pollution July 1, 2014 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.
  • Live from the seafloor, it’s Mission 31! June 30, 2014 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.
  • Hot and bothered: climate change and the ecology of fear June 27, 2014 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.
  • Take 5: A ‘Nor’Easter’ on Florida’s tropical shores? June 20, 2014 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.
  • What you may not know about vertical seawalls June 16, 2014 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.
  • An aquatic adventure resurfaces June 10, 2014 It’s been 12 years since research technician Sara Williams first learned of Aquarius. Now she’s getting a chance to visit it herself during Mission 31, a monthlong research dive.
  • Researchers soak up data from Mission 31 May 28, 2014 As part of a month-long underwater research mission, graduate student Allison Matzelle will lead a project studying the flow of energy through one of the oldest organisms in the world: the giant barrel sponge.
  • Mission 31 to splash down on June 1 April 30, 2014 Northeastern researchers will investigate the effects of global change on reef ecology as part of Mission 31, documentary filmmaker Fabien Cousteau’s 31-day underwater expedition off the coast of Florida.
  • The law’s role in supporting sustainable cities April 8, 2014 At a conference at Northeastern University, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner said history and nature can help guide cities in finding solutions to challenges in urban sustainability.
  • The global water crisis March 24, 2014 Less than 0.1 per­cent of the planet’s water is avail­able for safe use, and chal­lenges cen­tered on H2O form the nexus of some of society’s most pressing envi­ron­mental issues.
  • A cold, snowy winter doesn’t mean climate change isn’t real February 4, 2014 As we get ready to face another winter storm, and are still warming up from a frigid January, there are plenty of people questioning the validity of climate change.
  • Northeastern ranked America’s greenest university January 30, 2014 Northeastern University continues to gain recognition for its long-standing commitment to sustainability, placing first among American universities and third overall worldwide in this year’s GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities.
  • The global water crisis January 10, 2014 Less than 0.1 per­cent of the planet’s water is avail­able for safe use, and chal­lenges cen­tered on H2O form the nexus of some of society’s most pressing envi­ron­mental issues.
  • Communicating climate change December 2, 2013 Brian Helmuth’s work was recently featured in International innovation.
  • Researchers ready for historic aquatic ‘Mission’ December 2, 2013 North­eastern researchers are teaming up with Jacques Cousteau’s grandson to reignite the famous oceanographer’s sin­gular vision.
  • UCSI presents Dr. Edward B. Barbier October 25, 2013 Dr. Edward B. Barbier’s main expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology.
  • Managing shorelines, coastal fisheries, and expectations October 2, 2013 Steven Scyphers, a post-doctoral researcher at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, Mass. is researching how to better manage shorelines and coastal fisheries. He was a guest of #sciencechat on October 2, 2013.
  • Col. Mark "Puck" Mykleby talks sustainability at Northeastern University September 25, 2013 Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby titled his lecture, “Sustainability: A 21st Century American Grand Strategy.”
  • Deep water data September 19, 2013 Urban coastal sus­tain­ability becomes an ever more pressing con­cern as more than half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion flocks to its shores—the places where cities thrive.
  • A sweet spot for coastal cities May 28, 2013 In 1967, the year Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center was estab­lished, the world was a dif­ferent place.
  • Stephen Hawkins at Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference May 25, 2013 An audio recording of Stephen Hawkins at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference.
  • Steven Gaines at Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference May 25, 2013 An audio recording of Steven Gaines at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference.
  • Ove Hoegh-Guldberg at Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference May 25, 2013 An audio recording of Ove Hoegh-Guldberg at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference.
  • Larry Crowder at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference May 25, 2013 An audio recording of Larry Crowder at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference
  • Fisheries Discussion at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference May 24, 2013 An audio recording of a panel discussion at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference.
  • Policy Discussion at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference May 24, 2013 An audio recording of the morning panel discussion at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference
  • Sylvia Earle Speaks at Northeastern University May 24, 2013 An audio recording of Sylvia Earle’s lecture.
  • Seminal conference to explore urban coastal sustainability February 5, 2013 The majority of the world’s cities lie on a shore­line, and by 2020, two-​​thirds of all Amer­i­cans are expected to reside in coastal cities.
  • Scientists study seawalls on the seashore September 25, 2012 Oyster reefs and sandy beaches have his­tor­i­cally bor­dered many pic­turesque coast­lines. But in an effort to pre­vent ero­sion, coastal devel­opers are increas­ingly replacing these living shore­lines with rocks and seawalls.
  • A ‘model’ approach to studying coastal ecosystems September 24, 2012 In the Pacific North­west, beach grass com­mu­ni­ties often create sand dunes that mit­i­gate coastal ero­sion and flooding risks stem­ming from rising sea levels caused by cli­mate change.