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The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Photo by Susan Howard, Earth & Space Research. Research Highlight: Study Uncovers Surprising Melting Patterns Beneath Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf
Casts new light on threats to Antarctica’s largest ice shelf
May 20, 2019
Photo of the Week: Nighttime Operations
Moorings off California coast have gathered ecosystem observations for more than a decade
May 16, 2019
Scripps graduate student Travis Courtney. Photo by Lark Starkey. Scripps Student Spotlight: Travis Courtney
Geosciences graduate student is researching how climate change is affecting coral reef structures
May 13, 2019
Two spot octopus larva. Photo: Lilly McCormick Research Highlight: Low Oxygen Levels Could Temporarily Blind Marine Invertebrates
First study to demonstrate vision in marine invertebrates is highly sensitive to the amount of oxygen in water
May 08, 2019
Yellow buoy carried on deck of motor vessel with Golden Gate Bridge in the background Photo of the Week: Golden Voyage
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assists with buoy deployment
May 04, 2019
The seaweed Digenea simplex on the beach. Photo: Toshiaki Teruya/University of Ryukyus, Japan Research Highlight: Scientists Develop New Production Method for Seaweed Chemical Used in Brain Research
Researchers find an affordable and effective way to produce kainic acid, an important natural chemical used by neuroscientists
May 01, 2019
Photo of the Week: Pier Discoveries
Birch Aquarium's Beach Science program offers students a new view of the ocean
Apr 26, 2019
Scripps marine ecologist Jennifer Smith has been cultivating Asparagopsis taxiformis seaweed. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Around the Pier: Usurp the Burp
How seaweed could help curb cow burps—one of California’s greatest sources of methane emissions
Apr 23, 2019
Scripps graduate student Allison Cusick Scripps Student Spotlight: Allison Cusick
Oceanography graduate student is researching how water from melting glaciers affects phytoplankton in the Arctic and Antarctic
Apr 22, 2019
Photo of the Week: Reaching Out
An encounter at Birch Aquarium at Scripps exhibit
Apr 18, 2019
Loquats, oyster mushrooms and mustard greens from Roger’s Community Garden, the new destination for Scripps compost Around the Pier: Keeping Compost Close
Scripps takes composting to a new level
Apr 16, 2019
Photo of the Week: Icy Domain
Where you have to go if you study polar microorganisms
Apr 12, 2019
Kat Montgomery (left) and Katherine Rainone (right) pose in front of the California State Capitol. From the Field: Making a Splash in Sacramento
Graduate students lobby for ocean protection in Sacramento
Apr 04, 2019
Photo of the Week: Whorl of Wonder
Marine mollusc under the microscope
Apr 04, 2019
Scripps representing during recent fieldwork in West Antarctica. Photo: Oliver Marsh and Matt Siegfried Around the Pier: Scripps Launches Polar Center
Center draws from several disciplines to focus on Earth’s most rapidly changing regions
Apr 03, 2019
Photo of the Week: Getting Their Feet Wet
Students explore ecology of marsh reserve
Mar 28, 2019
Phase-out of fossil fuels can save millions of lives annually, say researchers. Photo: iStockPhoto/LightFieldStudios Research Highlight: Rapid Global Switch to Renewable Energy Can Save Millions of Lives Annually
Scientists assess impact of fossil energy and air pollution on health, climate and rainfall
Mar 26, 2019
Daniel Conley and other Scripps students conduct field work aboard R/V Robert Gordon Sproul. Photo: Cody Gallo Scripps Student Spotlight: Daniel Conley
Marine biology graduate student is studying how corals react to different environmental conditions
Mar 19, 2019
Research Highlight: Coastal Ecosystems Suffer from Upriver Hydroelectric Dams
A recent study demonstrates the widespread environmental consequences of large dam reservoirs in Mexico
Mar 19, 2019
Photo of the Week: Revelle Down Under
Scripps' world-roaming research vessel heading back to San Diego
Mar 15, 2019