Research Highlights

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

Biological oceanographer Mark Ohman and student Stephanie Sommer sort copepods during CCE-LTER cruise this summer Research Provides New Insight into Roles of Plankton in Marine Carbon Storage
Scripps-based ecological research program finds clues on how carbon gets stored in oceans
Oct 03, 2019
Tasiilaq, Greenland, during a record hot July 2019.  Photo: James Holte Summer Broke Arctic Temperature Records. Here’s What Scripps Researchers Who Lived It Had to Say.
Scripps scientists say they need long-term data to understand true Arctic climate trends
Sep 30, 2019
A coral reef in the Central Pacific. PC: Mike Fox Scientists Find that Corals Rely More on Hunting than Previously Thought
New findings could help scientists predict the fate of coral reefs
Sep 24, 2019
Scientists Discover New Method of Communication in Crabs
Ghost crabs use structure in their stomach to communicate when agitated
Sep 11, 2019
A gray wahle breaching. Photo: Alisa Schulman-Janiger Research Highlight: Scientists Find Key Changes in Gray Whale Migration Routes off Southern California
Increasing numbers of gray whales migrating closer to shore could put whales at risk for ship strikes, entanglements, and pollution
Sep 05, 2019
Olive Rockfish (Sebastes serranoides) caught and released as part of the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program Research Highlight: Early Results Suggest California Marine Protected Areas are a Success
Seven years after completion of network, rebounds of certain species seen
Sep 05, 2019
Seen under the microscope, varied bits of plastic begin to accumulate in sediment after World War II Research Highlight: Explosion in Plastic Pollution Post-World War II in Marine Sediments
Surge in microplastics could serve as marker for “the Great Acceleration”
Sep 04, 2019
Beneath a placid surface, an internal tsunami was rolling through this Mexican lake when this photo was taken Research Highlight: Internal Tsunamis Can Alter Bodies of Water Profoundly
Underwater landslides cause long-range displacement of sediment and large-scale current alteration
Aug 15, 2019
CAICE Director Kim Prather and fellow researchers work on the SeaSCAPE experiment. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Research Highlight: Scientists Bring the Ocean into the Lab to Study Human Impacts on the Ocean and Climate
Interdisciplinary SeaSCAPE project utilizes large wave tank to look at how human pollution is affecting the ability of ocean biology to control clouds and climate
Aug 08, 2019
The 2017 Thomas Fire. Photo: istockphoto/Carsten Schertzer Research Highlight: Study Bolsters Case that Climate Change is Driving California Wildfires
Connection seen to fivefold jump in area burned
Aug 02, 2019
Arctic winter sea ice extent, with multi-year ice in bright white, in 1980 (left) and 2012. Image: NASA Sci. Vis. Studio Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic's Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years
Fast mitigation may still avoid complete loss of sea ice
Jul 22, 2019
Water flows through Oroville Dam spillway, April 2019. Photo: Calif. Dept. of Water Resources Research Highlight: Atmospheric Rivers to Become Even More Dominant Source of California Water
Research projects atmospheric rivers will strengthen, bringing greater proportion of annual precipitation
Jul 11, 2019
Corazon’s Damsel or Pomacentrus vatosoa, a new species of damselfish. Photo: Y.K. Tea Research Highlight: Scientists Identify New Species of Damselfish
New study co-authored by Scripps Oceanography identifies Corazon’s Damsel, a previously unknown species of damselfish found off Madagascar
Jun 28, 2019
Research Highlight: Researchers Discover What Makes Deep-Sea Dragonfish Teeth Transparent
Findings could provide “bioinspiration” for researchers looking to develop transparent ceramics
Jun 06, 2019
Scripps CO2 Group Director Ralph Keeling Research Highlight: Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May
Monthly average surpassed 414 parts per million at Mauna Loa observatory
Jun 04, 2019
Lead author Sunyoung Park (second from left) and Scripps co-authors (l-r) Jooil Kim, Jens Mühle, Ray Weiss. Photo: Erik Jepsen Research Highlight: Scientists Discover Source of New CFC emissions
Mapping sources of ozone layer-damaging compound demonstrates improved ability to monitor emissions of environmentally important gases
May 28, 2019
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
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
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
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