Research Highlights

News on research being conducted by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Gun turret of sunken World War II B-25 off Papua New Guinea Research Highlight: Two Missing World War II B-25 Bombers Documented off Papua New Guinea
Latest discovery follows successful identification and documentation of five missing World War II aircraft in 2016
May 23, 2017
Researchers used genome mining and DNA sequencing to study bacteria found in marine sponges. Credit: Jason S. Biggs Research Highlight: Bacteria Living in Marine Sponge Produce Flame Retardant-Like Compounds
Scripps researchers are steps closer to understanding human health implications
May 11, 2017
Scripps research vessel New Horizon tows a hydrophone array over the offshore fault Research Highlight: Fault System off Southern California Could Produce Magnitude 7.3 Quake
Study finds rupture of offshore Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon fault is possible
Mar 07, 2017
The crew of Icelandic Coast Guard survey vessel Baldur deploys a Wave Glider for measuring winds, Feb. 22, 2017 Research Highlight: Scripps Scientists Collaborate with Icelandic Coast Guard on Wave Study
Region of rough seas deemed ideal location for research
Mar 02, 2017
Estuary at San Francisco Bay. Photo David Okey/NOAA Coastal Service Research Highlight: Researchers Uncover New Details About California’s Ancient Shoreline
Study finds previously unknown estuary “havens” during last ice age
Mar 01, 2017
Research Highlight: First Nuclear Explosion Helps Test Theory of Moon’s Formation
Scripps-led study analyzed glasses found at Trinity nuclear test site
Feb 10, 2017
Flooded intersection in Elk Grove, Calif. after January storms.  Photo: Florence Low/California Department of Water Resources Research Highlight: What Kind of La Niña Year Is This?
Atmospheric rivers have stolen the thunder from phenomenon that usually brings dry weather to the Southwest
Feb 09, 2017
Charles "Chip" Cox at sea Research Highlight: Analysis of an 1883 At-Sea Rescue Leads to a New Understanding of Wave Energy
Renowned oceanographer studied the use of oil as a surface wave suppressant, completing research paper shortly before his death
Feb 07, 2017
Miniature autonomous underwater explorers Research Highlight: Swarm of Underwater Robots Mimics Ocean Life
Scripps researchers collaborate on new technology study using “robotic plankton”
Jan 24, 2017
Researchers raised squid embryos like this one in conditions that simulate possible oceans of the future Research Highlight: A Story of Survival
Market squid embryo experiment suggests invertebrate has a hardiness that will come in handy in future ocean conditions
Jan 19, 2017
Researchers prepare a miniROV during expedition in search of the Ruby Seadragon Research Highlight: Researchers Capture First Glimpse of Ruby Seadragons in the Wild
Surprising anatomical features found in the newly discovered species
Jan 12, 2017
North Atlantic Ocean cooling scenario following collapse of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Research Highlight: Climate Model Suggests Collapse of Atlantic Circulation Is Possible
Primary circulation pattern in the Atlantic is assumed to be stable by most scientists, but new simulation suggests collapse could happen if atmospheric greenhouse gases continue to increase
Jan 10, 2017
Scripps marine ecologist Emily Kelly studying reef fish in Hawaii. Credit: Don McLeish Research Highlight: Lawnmowers of the Sea
Study analyzed reef fish grazing behaviors to understand coral reef health
Dec 07, 2016
Cultures of three marine bacteria that make the compound pentabromopseudilin Research Highlight: Marine Microbes Could Help Clean Up Environmental Pollutants
Scripps-led study on marine bacteria could have important environmental applications
Dec 02, 2016
Parchment tubeworm in natural light (left) and while biofluorescing. Photo courtesy of Scientific Reports Research Highlight: Blue Light Special
Researchers find clues about the unique bioluminescence of a seafloor-dwelling tubeworm
Nov 17, 2016
Research Highlight: New Research Uncovers Pattern in Global Flu Outbreaks
Scripps-led human health study links key environmental driver to flu outbreaks
Nov 08, 2016
Vaquita trapped in fishing net. Photo: NOAA Fisheries Research Highlight: Vaquita Illustrate the Complicated Landscape of Endangered Species Preservation
Mismanagement threatens dwindling population of small porpoise
Nov 07, 2016
Indian family with clean-burning cookstove. Photo: Tanvi Mishra Research Highlight: Study Says Barrier to Widespread Use of Clean Cookstoves Surmounted
Project Surya effort to improve public health and slow pace of global warming provides rural women in India access to results-based climate financing
Oct 31, 2016
Scientists aboard the 2009 SEAPLEX voyage collected small invertebrates called vellela and the plastic bits they lived among Research Highlight: Researchers Weather Microplastic to Understand Global Marine Debris Problem
Scripps researchers bring awareness of the threat to marine life from microplastics
Oct 11, 2016
Scripps geologist Neal Driscoll taking measurements of the onshore sediment layers along the eastern edge of the Salton Sea. Research Highlight: New Fault Discovered in Earthquake-Prone Southern California Region
Scripps-led study offers new insights for hazard assessment models
Oct 06, 2016