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The Orange County Register
Jan 09, 2016
Once a year in June, sea lion mothers on the Channel Islands give birth to a pup. For the next 11 months, the mothers swim off to forage for days to provide food for themselves and milk for their progeny. But in early 2015, calorie-dense sardines and anchovies – the best food – were hard to find. The mothers were forced to dive deeper and swim farther, and by the time they returned to the islands, they didn’t have much milk to offer. The health of those fish populations is driven by climate, said Dave Checkley, an oceanography professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Specifically, it’s the way climate affects wind and ocean currents.

Voice of San Diego
Jan 07, 2016
“Sea levels along the California coast have quite consistently been running several inches in excess of astronomical tide prediction,” said Dan Cayan, a climatologist at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. “During the king tide late last month, La Jolla and other California coastal tide gage stations experienced record high levels. Fortunately, the minor storm was void of big waves.”

Discovery
Jan 06, 2016
Marine scientists now believe that sharks – just like migrating birds, wildebeest and salmon – are using their noses to find their way home after long trips away. In a paper published today in PLOS One, Andrew Nosal, a post-doctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Calif., found that the leopard sharks who were taken several miles off the San Diego coast were twice as likely to find their way home if they were able to smell.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 06, 2016
Renowned British astronomer-humanist Lord Martin Rees found plenty to worry about just over a decade ago when he raised the question in "Our Final Hour?", a provocative book that weighed the collective impact of terror, error and environmental disasters. The book was a critical hit and became part of a body of scientific and literary work that earned Britain's royal astronomer this year's Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, which is awarded by UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

National Geographic
Jan 06, 2016
What does the president of a Pacific island Nation, a New York Times reporter, a French sailing expedition and the mayor of a small San Diego border town have in common? They are among the eight winners of the 2016 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, the world’s preeminent honors for ocean conservation, sometimes referred to as “the Academy Awards of the Sea.” For Excellence in Policy– David Wilmot and Ocean Champions: Dr. David Wilmot has over 30 years of experience in ocean science and policy. After receiving his PhD in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, he went on to work as a policy fellow and advocate in Washington D.C. In 2003 Dr. Wilmot helped author a report, ‘Turning the Tide’ that examined why marine conservation efforts were not having a larger policy impact. Shortly thereafter he and Attorney Jack Sterne co-founded Ocean Champions, which identifies itself as, “the only political voice for the oceans.”

Nature
Jan 05, 2016
A similar experiment in the Arctic in 1997–98 relied on an instrument-laden ship that was deliberately frozen into sea ice. It yielded fundamental insights into the physics of northern polar clouds, and AWARE scientists hope that their project will do the same for the south. “This is going to be a sea change in our understanding,” says Lynn Russell, an atmospheric scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and a co-principal investigator on AWARE.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 04, 2016
Lord Martin Rees, the royal astronomer of Great Britain, will be awarded the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest Thursday by UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography during a ceremony in La Jolla.

Newsweek
Dec 30, 2015
It may sound strange to say, but we hardly know the life-forms with which we share our planet. With that in mind, let’s celebrate the best species that were discovered and/or scientifically described for the first time this year. Seadragons are similar to seahorses but covered in strange appendages that help them blend into their backgrounds. Science was already aware of two species, the orange-colored leafy seadragons and yellow-and-purple common seadragons. Recent work by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has uncovered a third species, a bright-red critter known as the ruby seadragon.

San Diego Reader
Dec 30, 2015
When Garfield Kwan was an undergraduate student in marine biology at UC San Diego, he began to notice a trend: the internet was full of funny stuff, but science was not included. Furthermore, materials available for science outreach were often outdated and dull. Hence the birth of Squidtoons, dedicated to equipping educators and researchers with visually appealing yet scientifically accurate teaching aids. A PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Kwan uses his free time to collaborate with Scripps researchers and a volunteer team of artists to animate the world of marine biology.

KPBS
Dec 29, 2015
Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate researcher David Pierce said this year's El Niño remains one of the strongest on record, but it has not yet channeled monster storms toward California.