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

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
Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Research Highlight: Analysis of Satellite Data Confirms Simulated Cloud Trends
Scripps-led study confirms subtropical dry zones expanding, clouds rising in atmosphere
Jul 12, 2016
Torrey Pines State Beach experienced some of the most extensive erosion in San Diego County during El Niño Research Highlight: Beach Replenishment Helped Protect Against Storm Erosion during El Niño
A comparison of recent and previous nourishments of San Diego beaches suggests that a larger sand grain size improved nourishment performance
Jun 27, 2016
Eastern Spinner dolphin – R. Pitman/NOAA Fisheries Research Highlight: Study Highlights Hidden Values of Open Ocean
Ecosystem management helped by identifying costs and benefits
Jun 27, 2016
Scripps Oceanography researchers identified three main periods of distinct marine life composition in the oceans Research Highlight: Ocean Ecosystem Structure Stable for Tens of Millions of Years, with Occasional Rapid Changes
Researchers identify three periods of stable ecosystem in the open ocean, driven by competition from other organisms, but not climate change
Jun 07, 2016
Beach erosion at La Jolla Shores Research Highlight: Scientifically, This Was Still a Monster El Niño Year
Despite less Southern California rain than expected, the climate phenomenon had a profound impact
May 05, 2016