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Research Highlights

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

CNB-440 strains growing on agar plates (photo credit Nastassia Patin).  Deep Sea Anti-Cancer Drug Discovered by Scripps Scientists Clears Clinical Trials
Microbe from the ocean floor is a promising new treatment for glioblastoma, the cancer that killed Sen. John McCain
Apr 08, 2020
Surface waves are visible near the terminus of a glacier in Norway. Listen Up: Scripps Scientists Use Underwater Microphones to Study Calving Arctic Glacier
Researchers develop new method for measuring glacial retreat by analyzing underwater acoustic recordings of icebergs falling into the ocean
Apr 06, 2020
Photo: Rawpixel Coastal Heat Waves Can Tax Public Health – Even Outside of Summer
Study of Southern California hospitalizations shows upticks attributable to heat driven by Santa Ana winds in fall, winter, and spring
Apr 02, 2020
Pancake ice in Antarctica's Andvord Bay. Photo: Maria Stenzel New Research is the First to Relate Antarctic Sea Ice Melt to Weather Change in the Tropics
Diminishing sea ice translates to warmer ocean, more rain, and stronger trade winds
Mar 12, 2020
Illustration: Naeblys/istockphoto Earth’s Mantle, Not Its Core, May Have Generated Planet’s Early Magnetic Field
Scripps Oceanography researcher’s assertion bolstered by series of new studies
Mar 05, 2020
Parasitic Worms Have Armies, and Produce More Soldiers When Needed
Study demonstrates for the first time that animal societies can adjust army size to meet threat levels in the wild
Feb 26, 2020
Thawing permafrost on Canada's Herschel Island. Photo: Gonçalo Vieira / Nunataryuk Climate Destabilization Unlikely to Cause Methane ‘Burp’
Researchers say ancient periods similar to today suggest only minor release of methane
Feb 20, 2020
Study Shows Acceleration of Global Mean Ocean Circulation since 1990s
Influence of greenhouse gas emissions cited as contributing cause
Feb 05, 2020
Crew deploys the SeaCycler on May 22, 2016 for year-long measurements in the central Labrador Sea. Photo: Kat Fupsova Bubbles Transport Massive Amounts of Oxygen to the Deep Ocean through Marine ‘Trap Door’
Transfer in the Labrador Sea threatened by climate change
Feb 03, 2020
Strateole-2: Long-duration balloon flights across the tropics to study atmospheric dynamics and composition Up, Up, and Away
Long-duration balloons collecting climate data in the sky complete first trip around the globe
Feb 03, 2020
Photos: Laszlo Mates, Octavio Aburto,, B. Jack Pan, Calif. DWR Fourteen Science Developments to Look for in the 2020s
From the tragic to the inspirational, Scripps scientists look ahead
Jan 30, 2020
The weather these seabirds experience on the Galapagos' Isabela Island may be influenced by Arctic sea ice melt. Photo: Ryan Cox A New Consequence of Arctic Sea Ice Melt: Changing Weather at the Equator
Research links sea ice retreat with tropical phenomena including a new kind of El Niño
Jan 27, 2020
R/V Polarstern locked in Arctic ice. Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Stefan Hendricks Tethered for Months to Floating Sea Ice, Scripps Researchers Join Largest-Ever International Arctic Expedition
Biological oceanographers believe the Arctic’s tiniest creatures may answer the biggest climate change questions
Jan 16, 2020
Crashed World War II aircraft 330 feet deep off Hawaii created from high-resolution video data from R/V Petrel ROV New Detail in Deep-Sea Wreckage Find
Scripps Oceanography and collaborators image resting place of World War II aircraft
Jan 13, 2020
Birds like this black-crowned Night Heron were studied to understand their parasite load. Photo: Andrew Turner/Ryan Hechinger How Many Parasites Can a Bird Carry?
The answer reveals a first principle applicable to all biological systems, a new paper suggests
Dec 18, 2019
Downtown Kolkata during July 2018 monsoon. Photo: Debarchan Chatterjee /iStockphoto Climate Change Expected to Shift Location of East Asian Monsoons
New study finds warming climate could lead to profound changes in the subtropical climate
Nov 18, 2019
The 2018 Woolsey Fire. Photo courtesy of Peter Buschmann The Race to Stay Ahead of Wildfires
UC San Diego matches increased fire danger with improved monitoring capability
Nov 07, 2019
U.S. and Indian scientists prior to July monsoon expedition in the Bay of Bengal. Photo: San Nguyen Technological Feats Highlight Scripps Oceanography Monsoon Research
Scientists examine a weather phenomenon central to the lives of billions from multiple angles
Oct 29, 2019
Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup
New devices can hold up to hundreds of times their own weight
Oct 22, 2019
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