Research Highlights

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

Acoustic technology and a marine seep. Research Highlight: Acoustic Technology Aids Scripps Scientists in Study of Marine Seeps
Novel use of acoustic recording package developed for marine mammals helps scientists monitor methane emissions in the North Sea
Feb 11, 2016
Xenoturbella churro (top center), one of four new flatworm-like species found by scientists including Scripps's Greg Rouse Research Highlight: Deep-Sea Churro Finds its Evolutionary Home
Genetic analysis by Scripps team correctly pinpoints species on the tree of life
Feb 10, 2016
Caught fish displayed at Venice Marina in Venice, La. Research Highlight: Study Finds Toxic Pollutants in Fish Across the World’s Oceans
Scripps researchers’ analysis shows highly variable pollutant concentrations in fish meat
Feb 08, 2016
An emperor penguin resurfaces after a dive Research Highlight: Birds of a Feather
Scripps researchers study the unique design of the emperor penguin's feather coat
Jan 11, 2016
Scientists research leopard seals in Antarctica. Research Highlight: Peeking into the Underwater World of Leopard Seals
Scripps grad student uses Crittercam video to gain rare glimpse into the underwater foraging ecology of an Antarctic top predator
Nov 19, 2015
Map of Ross Ice Shelf seismic array Research Highlight: Wave Vibrations Shaking Antarctic Ice Shelves
Previous research showed that Antarctic ice shelves are thinning; a new seismic study shows how Pacific Ocean waves are continuously shaking them
Oct 14, 2015
Scripps Oceanography researcher Katie Cramer and the molluscs used in the study. Research Highlight: Agriculture and Fishing Cause Coral Reef Decline
New study of mollusc fossils from Caribbean Panama shows that early changes in coral reef environments are linked to declining water quality
Aug 10, 2015
A fin whale off Southern California. Photo taken under NMFS Permit No. 727-1915. Research Highlight: A Tale of Two Whales
Scripps-led study used acoustic data to provide the first detailed view of calling blue and fin whale distribution in the waters off Southern California
Jul 09, 2015
Photo credit: NASA Research Highlight: Sea Currents and Wind Patterns in the Pacific Ocean Linked to Climate Change
Changes affect marine ecology and precipitation
Jul 08, 2015
Paleobiologist Richard Norris with a sediment core from the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg) boundary Research Highlight: 'Age of Fishes' Began When Dinosaurs Went Away
The mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs gave rise to the modern diversity of fishes
Jul 06, 2015
The researchers collected information on seawater at Heron Reef using an integrated sensor network. Credit: David I. Kline Research Highlight: New Study Could Pave Way for an Ocean Acidification Early Warning System for Coral Reefs
Scripps-led team offers improved approach to monitor health of coral reef ecosystems
Jun 08, 2015
A researcher examines an ice core. Credit: Gifford Wong Research Highlight: New Study Shows Influence of Fresh Water on Climate During Last Ice Age
Study of methane in Antarctic ice reveals linkage between Arctic and tropical phenomena
Jun 05, 2015
Peak intensity trend in typhoons. Image courtesy of Science Advances Research Highlight: Typhoons Could Intensify by as Much as 14 Percent by 2100 under a Moderate Climate Change Scenario
Scripps Oceanography-led study links ocean temperatures to peak typhoon intensity
Jun 03, 2015
Bioluminescent flash Research Highlight: The Force behind Nature’s Light
Study uses algal cells to ‘shed light’ on sensing mechanical forces
May 05, 2015
Arctic Ocean melt ponds. Photo: Karen Frey/Clark University Research Highlight: Arctic Sea Ice Loss Likely To Be Reversible
Scenarios of a sea ice tipping point leading to a permanently ice-free Arctic Ocean were based on oversimplified arguments
Apr 22, 2015
National Drought Map Research Focus: Coping with Drought
Scripps Research Helps California Manage Water Resources
Apr 02, 2015
Gareth Williams Research Highlight: A World without Humans
New study examines how human activities disrupt and destroy coral reefs, leading to fresh ideas about reef conservation and management
Mar 31, 2015
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Highlight: The Dolphin Sentinels
Tales told in marine mammal’s blubber lead to a new library of chemicals in our ocean food web
Mar 04, 2015
Giant Seabass. Photo: Octavio Aburto Research Highlight: Local Survey Shows More Than Half of All California Fish Species Can Be Found in La Jolla
From archived specimens and present-day surveys, researchers find that La Jolla kelp forest, submarine canyons, and surroundings contain surprising diversity in small region
Mar 02, 2015
NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, tops rocket set to lift off today. Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett Research Highlight: Satellite with Scripps-Designed Earth-Observing Science Payload Set for Launch
DSCOVR will take a non-stop look at sunlit side of Earth
Feb 10, 2015