3Qs: What coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef means for the world

Marine sci­en­tists in Aus­tralia recently reported that 93 per­cent of the Great Bar­rier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the con­di­tion, typ­i­cally the result of warming ocean tem­per­a­tures, could lead to “the ocean’s equiv­a­lent of a rain­forest with no trees.”

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them

Nobel lau­reate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Sci­ence, dis­cussed his love for bac­teria and their sym­biosis with people on Monday after­noon at his inau­gural lec­ture, after which he con­versed with Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

Diving right in, student researcher explores ocean habitats

Fourth-​​year marine biology major Nadia Aamoum worked on inter­na­tional co-​​op on Mahe Island in Sey­chelles, where she learned the basics of dive research and which she is now applying to her work in the Three Seas Program.

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Flippers up! Diving into the Marine Science Center

About 35 min­utes north of Boston sits one of Northeastern’s single greatest gems. Per­haps once it’s best kept secret, the Marine Sci­ence Center is now going through a serious coming […]

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Onward and downward

Between 1969 and 1972, 12 people (all of them men) walked on the moon, took an after­noon stroll 240,000 miles away. Around this same time, Sylvia Earle, the first chief […]

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Ecosystems serve up a healthy portion of prevention

A few months ago incoming fac­ulty member Brian Hel­muth saw a camel on the side of a river in the East Hammar Marsh in Basra, Iraq. “At first I thought, […]

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Climate change and coral reefs

Corals are anal­o­gous to trees in trop­ical rain forests,” said Steve Vollmer, assis­tant pro­fessor at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ences Center. “They pro­vide the essen­tial habitat for the unprece­dented diver­sity of organisms […]