Marine and Environmental Sciences

How does marine life survive climate extremes?

Gulf of Maine photo courtesy Kylla Benes

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Northeastern University has received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new ways to study how marine organisms respond to climate related severe temperature stress.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics

The future’s most pressing energy questions

Sanjeev Mukerjee

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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Posted in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Marine and Environmental Sciences

A simpler way to test for water pollution

Loretta Fernandez

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.

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Live from the seafloor, it’s Mission 31!

Mission 31 at the Museum of Science

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.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences

Hot and bothered: climate change and the ecology of fear

Geoff Trussell

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.

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The noisy world of mud crabs

Randall Hughes

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.

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What you may not know about vertical seawalls

Steven Scyphers

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.

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Wherefore art thou, dear zooplankton?

mission 31

Graduate student Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in conjunction with Mission 31, a monthlong underwater expedition led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zooplankton on coral reefs.

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Researchers soak up data from Mission 31

Mission 31

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.

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Two COS students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

Justin Ries

Allison Matzelle and Tanya Rogers are among 2,000 awardees from a pool of more than 14,000 appli­cants to the pres­ti­gious National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Grad­uate Research Fel­low­ship pro­gram, which aims to help ensure the vitality of the human resource base of sci­ence and engi­neering in the United States.

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