Research Highlights

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

Research Highlight: Tuned in to Whale Behavior
Audio recordings lead to possible acoustic identification of five rare beaked whale species
Jan 09, 2014
Research Highlight: Less Sea Ice Means More CO2 Uptake in the Arctic
But new research indicates the trend is not clear-cut
Jan 06, 2014
Juvenile rockfish Research Highlight: Rising Ocean Acidification Leads to Anxiety in Fish
Study shows acidity levels projected by the end of the century results in behavioral changes that could impact feeding, fisheries
Dec 05, 2013
parchment tube worm Research Highlight: A Peek into Nature’s Glowing Slime
Scientists probe the mysteries of a little-known sea worm and its clouds of bioluminescent mucus… and find that a common vitamin may be behind it all
Dec 04, 2013
Concentrations of Garbage Patch Plastic Estimated

Nov 20, 2013
A New Call for Tracking Ocean Health: 'The Need is Pressing'
Environmental threats prompt Scripps scientists to publish high-profile commentary on the need for long-term observation programs for marine ecosystems
Nov 08, 2013
Coral Reefs Under Attack
Two new studies address issues surrounding corals in a future of warmer, more acidic ocean waters
Oct 16, 2013
Five New Instruments Keeping Oceanography Fun
Drifters, gliders and microscopes create a whole new view of the oceans
Sep 24, 2013
Research Highlight: Five New Instruments Keeping Oceanography Fun
Drifters, gliders and microscopes create a whole new view of the oceans
Sep 24, 2013
Voyager Activity: Kids! Want to drive an underwater robot?
New video games from Scripps put you in the driver’s seat
Sep 20, 2013
Geothermal energy rocks--but don’t drink the water!
Scripps-USGS study finds high levels of arsenic in Napa, Sonoma groundwater
Sep 18, 2013
Ice Age
Local Changes Initiated the End of the Last Ice Age in Antarctica
Sep 10, 2013
The Magma Beneath Hawaii’s Volcanoes
Scientists make progress in tracking the elusive route of rising magma
Aug 19, 2013
No Single Factor Controls Sardine, Anchovy Populations
Nearly 70 years after a famous fishery collapse, a new history of fish populations reveals the extent of climate, human influences
Jul 29, 2013
Research Highlight: Recent El Niños are the Most Intense in 700 Years

Jul 10, 2013
Lander May Touch Down Again in Fall
Virtually untouched for 50 years, the Mariana Trench could be visited by researchers twice in 18 months
Jul 07, 2013
High-Accuracy Climate Reconstruction Reveals Mark of Human Activities on Late-20th Century El Niños
Tree-ring data used to create 700-year history of the climate cycle
Jul 05, 2013
Deep-Sea Lander Donated by ‘Titanic’ Filmmaker May Touch Down Again in Fall Research Highlight: Deep-Sea Lander Donated by ‘Titanic’ Filmmaker May Touch Down Again in Fall
Virtually untouched for 50 years, the Mariana Trench could be visited by researchers twice in 18 months
Jun 07, 2013
Navy Deploys Scripps Global Drifter Buoys Research Highlight: Navy Deploys Scripps Global Drifter Buoys
Drifter buoys used in ocean circulation, climate and typhoon research aid U.S. Navy missions of disaster relief and preparedness
Jun 03, 2013
Bizarre to the Bone
Strange sea worms emit acid to feast on whale skeletons
May 08, 2013