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Globe and Mail
Mar 09, 2015

Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California found their new method was more accurate than most preseason forecasts of Fraser River sockeye runs from the past 58 years.

U-T San Diego
Mar 05, 2015

The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla plans to introduce marine science to more children who rarely have the chance to explore the ocean, thanks to a record-tying $6 million gift that will be announced today. The donation from Price Philanthropies in City Heights will establish an endowment to fund aquarium presentations for up to 10,000 local students each year — and to bring a three-day beach science program to sixth-grade classes in low-income neighborhoods. The new donation is the largest gift since 1986, when the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation gave $6 million to pay for a 31,000-square-foot aquarium and ocean science center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Both Scripps and Birch Aquarium are part of UC San Diego.
Mar 04, 2015

An international team of scientists which included three University of Granada and the Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences researchers (a joint UGR-CISC centre) have found new data on the weather in the Mediterranean basin over the course of the past 20 thousand years thanks to the chemical composition of sediments deposited in its seabed. This work has been published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews. Its authors include Francisca Martínez Ruiz y David Gallego Torres (Andalusia Institute of Earth Sciences, CSIC-UGR), both of them members of the RNM179 research group, as well as Miguel Ortega Huertas (from the Mineralogy and Petrology Department). The other co-authors are Miriam Kastner (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, La Jolla, USA), Marta Rodrigo Gámiz (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, The Netherlands) and Vanesa Nieto Moreno (Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany).

Mar 03, 2015

Davis et al. (including Scripps's Sarah Giddings) examined the role of the Salish Sea in delivering nutrients to the continental shelf. The researchers found estuary-enhanced upwelling in the Strait of Juan de Fuca to be a critical source of nitrogen to shelf waters, accounting for almost half of the primary productivity on the Vancouver Island shelf and a third of productivity on the Washington shelf.
Mar 02, 2015

A powerful method for analyzing and predicting nature's dynamic and interconnected systems is now providing new forecasting and management tools for Canada's premier fishery. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Scripps graduate student Hao Ye, Scripps Professor George Sugihara, and fisheries coauthors in Canada describe how the technique, called empirical dynamic modeling, or EDM, improved forecasting for Fraser River sockeye salmon, a highly prized fishery in British Columbia.
Developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego by Sugihara, the McQuown Chair Distinguished Professor of Natural Science, the new technique uses archives of field data to drive predictions of future performance.

U-T San Diego
Mar 01, 2015

For graduate archaeology student Tom Holm, an iconic children’s story linked a cryptic chapter in California’s past with a modern-day Indian tribe in San Diego County. A decision by the Navy last week validated a cultural connection between the historic Nicoleno Tribe of San Nicolas Island — the most remote of the Channel Islands — and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The  determination gives the tribe jurisdiction over hundreds of human remains and burial objects. Holm also hopes the Navy’s announcement will shed more light on the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, a mysterious historical figure memorialized in the children’s novel “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” by author Scott O’Dell. Holm, now a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, read the story with his own daughter in 2007, and became inspired to pursue a master’s degree in archaeology to sleuth out her story.

The New York Times
Feb 27, 2015

Helen Fricker, a glaciologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., who studies the dynamics of ice flows in Antarctica, said the images were beautiful, but a full scientific explanation was outside her expertise.
“Basically, it’s very cold,” she said. “You’ve got waves. I imagine this does happen all around the edges of the Arctic Ocean. I can’t really say more than that. It’s the ocean freezing.”

The Scientist
Feb 27, 2015

Eugenie Clark, a marine biologist credited with profoundly contributing to researchers’ understanding of sharks, has died. She was 92. Throughout her career, Clark held positions at the University of Maryland, Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Scientific American
Feb 26, 2015

About 4,100 years ago, coral reefs in Panama violently collapsed and ceased growing for the next 2,500 years. Intrigued, a Florida graduate student, her adviser and a team of researchers set out to discover why.
Using historical records to try to better understand what we're up against in the future can be effective with coral reefs because they are particularly vulnerable to climate and oceanographic changes relative to other ocean ecosystems, said Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

The New York Times
Feb 25, 2015

Eugenie Clark, whose childhood rapture with fish in a New York City aquarium led to a life of scholarly adventure in the littorals and depths of the Seven Seas and to a global reputation as a marine biologist and expert on sharks, died on Wednesday at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She was 92. Dr. Clark was an ichthyologist and oceanographer whose academic credentials, teaching and research posts, scientific activities and honors filled a 20-page curriculum vitae, topped by longtime roles as a professor at the University of Maryland and director of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. After doing research at the University of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she was a research assistant at the Museum of Natural History in New York and returned to N.Y.U., where she earned a doctorate in 1950, focusing on fish reproduction.