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A tale of two foundation species

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A recent faculty publication examines the unique roles played by two co-occurring foundation species in mangrove forests, revealing that not all foundation species are created equal.

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3Qs: Why time is now to link science, ocean policy

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MSC professor Brian Helmuth, has co-authored a paper in Nature Climate Change examining the need to further integrate science into U.S. climate and ocean policy.

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What’s wiping out the Caribbean corals?

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MSC students Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Felicia Aronson turned to crowdfunding to support their work on examining white-band disease, which has killed up to 95% of the Caribbean’s reef building corals.

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Higher temperatures may mean more productive seaweed in some locations

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Does temperature matter to a seaweed? Research by Helmuth Lab graduate student Nicholas Colvard suggests that it does – with tide cycles and climate change as important factors to consider.

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Antarctic co-op: The not so sunny side of things

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A mid-winter night’s tale from Antarctica where co-op Eileen Sheehan is hard at work conducting research with the Detrich Lab

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Climate change and the ecology of fear

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Animals balance the fear of being eaten with the need to feed, and these decisions affect the whole ecosystem. Professor Geoff Trussell suggests this effect will be even more pronounced in a changing climate.

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A simpler way to test for water pollution

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Northeastern assistant professor Loretta Fernandez’ water quality samplers are deceptively simple: they’re providing powerful data about the contamination levels of polluted waterways.

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Live from the seafloor, it’s Mission 31!

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Northeastern provost Stephen W. Director, who is also an avid diver and underwater photographer, visited the Mission 31 team at Aquarius Reef Base on Thursday afternoon.

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The noisy world of mud crabs

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If fish are vocal crea­tures, can their prey hear them? Assistant Professor Randall Hughes is one of a number of researchers studying how fear drives predator-​​prey interactions.

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Researchers soak up data from Mission 31

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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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