Monthly Archives: August 2018

Expedition to Unlock Secrets of Deep Dutch Caribbean

Explorer on the shore of uninhabited Klein Curaçao with R/V Chapman in the distance. Credit: Uncharted Blue

On August 27 a team of scientists and explorers will travel aboard the R/V Chapman to the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao as part of a series of oceanographic expeditions designed to document the health and biodiversity of shallow and deep reef ecosystems. The expedition will explore the mesophotic zone — the furthest the sun can penetrate the ocean. “These areas are at the cutting edge of coral reef science as they are very poorly studied and are often made up of species of corals, fish and invertebrates that are totally new to science. It is becoming increasingly clear that mesophotic reefs are diverse and serve many critical ecosystem functions yet they are threatened by many of the same stressors as shallow coral reefs including coral bleaching, ocean acidification and sedimentation. It is essential that we better understand how deep mesophotic reefs function so that we can develop strategies to protect them before it is too late,” says Dr. David Kline, a lead scientist on the expedition and Research Biologist at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

This will be the inaugural expedition in a series led by Uncharted Blue, a new organization, founded by CMBC Alumni.  Uncharted Blue connects adventure seekers with world renowned scientists and marine technology to fuel exploration of uncharted ocean destinations.

Read more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/uncharted-blue-expedition-to-unlock-secrets-of-deep-dutch-caribbean-300701594.html

Benthic Ecology Class Blogs

As an assignment for this year’s benthic ecology class,  Lisa Levin asked the students to create a science blog.  The topics cover changing coral reefs and their ecosystems services, climate change and the toxic relationship in corals, the loss of Mexico’s mangrove forests, jellyfish as a cuisine,  “marine vomit” and more.

These are now posted on the CMBC Blog: A View from the PIER.
We hope you find these entertaining and educational.

 

Congratulations to MAS-MBC students

Nineteen Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation successfully presented their capstone research at a the annual symposium earlier this week.

If you missed any part of the day long event, it has been recorded and is available here: http://blink.ucsd.edu/technology/media/services/webcast/scripps/scripps-2018.html

For a list of this year’s capstones and order of presentation, please visit: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/centers/cmbc/about/events/

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