This week Dr. Jen Smith’s research was featured by the UC San Diego News Center, highlighting her recent collaboration with agricultural scientists at UC Davis. Dr. Smith is researching methods of cultivation of Asparagopsis taxiformis, a red seaweed that has been discovered to reduce methane emissions from cow burps in studies conducted at UC Davis. She’s also working with scientists at SIO to investigate the genetic makeup of this seaweed and scientists at Georgia Tech to learn more about the biochemical pathways that make this seaweed so uniquely suited to inhibiting methane production in cows.
Check out the latest in research aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle! Seeker interviewed scientists at UC Davis as well as our very own Dr. Jen Smith at SIO. Take a look at the video below to see what all the hype is about!
Scripps Oceanography published a press release this week celebrating the Smith Lab’s most recent publication led by Dr. Mike Fox. The paper, published in Coral Reefs on April 5th, reveals an optimistic recovery of coral reefs at Palmyra Atoll following the 2015 global bleaching event. In 2015, 90% of corals at Palmyra bleached, and an astounding 90% of those bleached corals fully recovered in the following years. It’s a truly inspirational story of reef resilience and highlights the potential for reef recovery after disturbance in protected areas. Check out the full press release here!
Orion McCarthy, a 1st year PhD student in the Smith lab, recently contributed an article to the Agenda for International Development detailing what climate change might mean for corals. In his article he addresses the importance of coral reefs and details the processes that are triggered by climate change that could lead to a decrease in reef health worldwide. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as he talks about best practices to help mitigate climate change and highlights the research efforts being carried out at Scripps by the Smith and Sandin labs.
The Smith Lab was recently awarded a grant by the California Ocean Protection Council to study the effects of sea level rise on intertidal communities – that is, the life that thrives in the zone that is exposed to the air at low tide and covered by water at high tide. This project will use technology similar to that used in the 100 Island Challenge, where thousands of images are stitched together to reconstruct the habitat in 3D. These models serve as a window into a habitat that is difficult to access and only exposed a few times each year – they can provide important new ways to study a long-studied ecosystem and can also be used as tools to communicate with and inspire nearby communities who interact with these unique places.
Check out this article written by The San Diego Union Tribune to learn more about the 4 scientists at Scripps Oceanography who were awarded collectively more than $1 million in grants this year!
Adi Khen, a PhD candidate in the Smith Lab, was recently featured in an interview with the Climate Science Alliance. She is the newest affiliated artist with the Alliance, and her work will be featured in their upcoming “Art of Change” show.
Adi is passionate about art and using illustration to communicate complex scientific topics to a variety of audiences. She has created many scientifically accurate illustrations of many species of corals, seaweed, fish, and invertebrates with an emphasis on those that play a key role in coral reef ecology.
Click here to read the full interview!
Dr. Jennifer Smith was recently interviewed for a Scientist Spotlight in Explorations Now. The article, “A Scientist’s Life: Dr. Jennifer Smith,” highlights Dr. Smith’s research with emphasis on the technological advances that influence how we study coral reefs.
See the full interview here.
Check out the interview video below:
Researchers from the 100 Island Challenge team were interviewed for a piece in bioGraphic in January on an expedition to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. The article, “Picture of Health,” published online last week, details the daily life of researchers in the field and shares the team’s optimistic view of coral reef health in areas where local managers are making waves to effectively protect their natural resources. According to the article, “Despite myriad threats, some coral reefs are thriving, or rebounding, suggesting it may be far too early to write the obituary for these critical ecosystems.”
Moving forward, the team hopes to work with local communities in the Cook Islands and other similar places to empower local officials and stakeholders with knowledge of the health of their reefs in order to facilitate effective management strategies.
Read the full article here!