Research Highlights

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

Results from 2014 experiment at Scripps reveal microbes ejected in sea spray. Photo: Christina McCluskey/Colorado St. Univ. Research Highlight: Researchers Identify Bacteria and Viruses Ejected from the Ocean
Team of atmospheric chemists and medical researchers use Scripps Oceanography facility to study properties of microbes incorporated in aerosols
May 31, 2018
Illustration of car interior temperatures. Image: Arizona State University Research Highlight: Hot Cars Can Hit Life-Threatening Levels in Approximately One Hour
Interior temperatures can rise to 116° F, potentially causing fatal injuries to children trapped inside
May 25, 2018
A robot inspired by eels in a Birch Aquarium at Scripps tank. It is meant to be as non-invasive to natural habitats as possible. Research Highlight: Transparent Eel-like Soft Robot Can Swim Silently Underwater
Scripps researcher bases optical properties of robot on those of eel larvae
May 01, 2018
Satellite view of the Baltic Sea on July 8, 2005 showing surface accumulations of cyanobacteria Research Highlight: See You in Three Years
Researchers find that toxic blooms of cyanobacteria happen at regular intervals in the Baltic Sea. Why they are so regular is anyone’s guess.
Apr 30, 2018
Brice Semmens (right) participates in a Google Hangout at a grouper spawning aggregation site. Photo: Joshua Stewart Research Highlight: Grouper Moon Project Uses Scripps Science to Revive a Caribbean Fish
The Nassau Grouper is in the midst of a comeback thanks to conservation and technology
Apr 05, 2018
 New study shows ability of plankton like these diatoms to acquire iron is sensitive to ocean acidification Research Highlight: Key Biological Mechanism is Disrupted by Ocean Acidification
Inability of phytoplankton to acquire iron imperils marine ecosystems
Mar 14, 2018
Scripps researcher Tyler Cyronak and test chambers in a study of ocean acidification effects on coral reef sediments in Bermuda Research Highlight: Acid Ocean Poses Increased Reef Loss Risk
International team projects effect of diminishing supply of key building element
Mar 05, 2018
The shadow of National Center for Atmospheric Research aircraft on Southern Ocean clouds. Photo: Bryan Rainwater/Colorado Univ. Research Highlight: ­­Scripps Joins Mission to Understand a Major Southern Ocean Climate Influence
The world’s most pristine clouds happen to be in the place with the world’s roughest weather
Mar 01, 2018
Magnetic loops gyrate above the sun, March 23-24, 2017. Photo: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory Research Highlight: Reduced Energy from the Sun Might Occur by Mid-Century. Now Scientists Know by How Much.
UC San Diego scientists review satellite observations of nearby Sun-like stars to estimate the strength of the next “grand minimum” period of diminished UV radiation
Feb 05, 2018
Pink sea urchins on the seafloor. Photo: NOAA/Ed Bowlby Research Highlight: Tasty and Pink, Sea Urchin Species May Be a Climate-Tolerant Food Source
A hardy urchin species shows potential to relieve pressure on more vulnerable species, according to new research by California Sea Grant-funded scientists
Jan 31, 2018
Low oxygen caused the death of corals and crabs in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Photo: Arcadio Castillo/Smithsonian Research Highlight: International Team of Researchers Concludes Ocean is Losing Its Breath
In Broadest View Yet of World’s Low Oxygen, Scientists Reveal Dangers and Solutions
Jan 24, 2018
Aggregation of spot-tailed grunts in the waters of Cabo Pulmo National Park. Photo: Octavio Aburto Research Highlight: New Application for Acoustics Helps Estimate Marine Life Populations
Scientists use hydroacoustics to find abundance of marine life in reserve is four times greater than in surrounding waters
Jan 16, 2018
Coral reef researchers canvas a reef on Palmyra, a coral atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. Photo: Stefani Gordon. Research Highlight: Scripps Scientists Use Photomosaic Technology to Find Order in the Chaos of Coral Reefs
First results from the 100 Island Challenge
Nov 15, 2017
The ability of organisms such as this fluorescing brittlestar to use radio frequencies to sense to be tested in RadioBio Research Highlight: Can Organisms Sense via Radio Frequency?
A team of UC San Diego researchers awarded grant to find out
Oct 31, 2017
Negotiators at a 2015 UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany Research Highlight: Seventy Percent of Climate Pact Signatories Include Oceans in Their Climate Change Action Plans
Small island countries score highest in new survey; large countries including U.S. do not mention oceans in plans
Oct 30, 2017
A significantly drier El Niño visited Southern California in 2015-16 Research Highlight: Why Was the 2015-16 El Niño Event So Dry?
Researchers uncover clues why powerful El Niño yielded little precipitation in California
Oct 05, 2017
Alloy crystals take varied shapes under pressure analagous to planet core. Image: Scripps, Sabine Faulhaber/UCSD Nanoengineering Research Highlight: Squeezing Out the Story of Planets
Experimental petrologist-mineral physicist Anne Pommier squeezes and melts rocks to reproduce the interior of planets
Oct 04, 2017
Photo: MistikaS/iStock Research Highlight: Rising CO2 Leading to Changes in Land Plant Photosynthesis
Suggests that plants have achieved an optimum response to rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere
Oct 03, 2017
Estimated surface temperature trend 1967-2017. Data accessed from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Sept. 18, 2017 Research Highlight: New Climate Risk Classification Created to Account for Potential “Existential” Threats
Researchers identify a one-in-20 chance of temperature increase causing catastrophic damage or worse by 2050
Sep 18, 2017
Parrotfish and surgeonfish graze on turf algae at Hawaii's Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area Research Highlight: Protect Herbivores, Preserve Coral Reefs
Data from world’s first herbivore reserve suggests protection works to keep algae overgrowth in check
Aug 28, 2017