Carnivorous conchs to blame for oyster decline

David Kimbro, a marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has solved the mys­tery of why reefs in Florida inlets were expe­ri­encing large num­bers of oyster loss. Drought and sub­se­quent high salt levels in water led to a pop­u­la­tion spike in one of the oys­ters’ main preda­tors: conchs.

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Underwater crustaceans could solve missing plane mystery

As author­i­ties con­tinue to debate the topic, marine sci­ence expert Brian Hel­muth explains how bar­na­cles on a recently dis­cov­ered frag­ment of an air­plane wing could help inves­ti­ga­tors deter­mine if the debris came from missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

State honors Northeastern youth outreach program

Beach Sis­ters, an out­reach pro­gram at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center designed to help under­served school-​​aged girls develop sci­en­tific inquiry and cit­i­zen­ship skills, received an award at the Mass­a­chu­setts State House on Monday.

Marine science student wins Hollings Scholarship

Ben­jamin Moran, S’18, has been awarded the Ernest F. Hollings Schol­ar­ship by the National Oceanic and Atmos­pheric Admin­is­tra­tion. The schol­ar­ship includes a 10-​​week paid intern­ship working on a research project under the guid­ance of an NOAA mentor.

Research, entrepreneurship at Northeastern celebrated at RISE:2015

Stu­dents and fac­ulty across many dis­ci­plines pre­sented their schol­arly research, inno­v­a­tive thinking, and entre­pre­neurial endeavors at the annual expo, where many young researchers were hon­ored with pres­ti­gious awards.

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

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.

Where are the whales?

New research from Purnima Ratilal, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering whose exper­tise is in under­water acoustic sensing methods, pro­vides high-​​resolution local­iza­tion data of sperm whales swim­ming in shallow con­ti­nental shelf waters.

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Some scientists have all the fun

Some sci­en­tists get to have all the fun. Last week my col­league Joan Lynch and I made the trip up to Nahant to visit with a team of marine researchers based at […]