Research Highlights

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

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
Biofluorescent Swell Shark. Photo: J. Sparks/D. Gruber Research Highlight: Patterns of Glowing Sharks Get Clearer with Depth
New study with “shark-eye” camera reveals that biofluorescent catsharks increase light contrast underwater; might be used for communicating with each other
May 05, 2016
Scripps researchers analyzed tuna specimens for levels of pollutants in their tissue Research Highlight: Pollutants in Fish Inhibit Humans' Natural Defense System
Scripps researchers suggest risk assessment to protect human health
Apr 25, 2016
Research Highlight: New Technology Helps Monitor Fire Hazards in Southern California
AlertSoCal network aids first responders in the detection of wildfire ignition and development
Apr 06, 2016
GOES satellite image of water vapor in atmospheric river over western U.S. today Research Highlight: Study Suggests Atmospheric River Storms Can Reduce Sierra Snow
“Rain-on-Snow” events accelerate snowmelt
Mar 10, 2016
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