Research Highlights

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

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
Scientists arrive at McMurdo Station in Antarctica to study ice shelf thickness. Research Highlight: What are You Doing this (Austral) Summer?
On the eve of a new summer in Antarctica, Scripps among the world’s largest science contingents on frozen continent
Oct 06, 2016
Former Scripps graduate student Yuichiro Takeshita with BEAMS on Palmyra coral reef Research Highlight: Automated System Advances Study of Chemical ‘Pulse’ of Coral Reefs
Field study successfully tests a new tool for tracking ocean acidification
Oct 04, 2016
Three views of Typhoon Nepartak from NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), July 7, 2016 Research Highlight: Typhoons in China, Japan, and Philippines Have Gotten Stronger Since 1970s
Trend especially pronounced among landfalling typhoons because of warming coastal waters
Sep 08, 2016
Mantis shrimp. Photo: Ralph Pace Research Highlight: Small but Mighty
Scripps-led research team analyzes mantis shrimp diet to understand unique body structure
Aug 11, 2016
Head section of the lancelet, showing its natural fluorescence when exposed to blue light. Image: Dimitri Deheyn  Research Highlight: Nature’s Green Fluorescent Glow
Scripps researchers uncover a window into the evolutionary pathway of green fluorescent proteins
Jul 19, 2016