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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.

U-T San Diego
Feb 21, 2015

In the meantime, UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography will act as caretaker of the vessel. On Saturday a steady stream of the curious mounted the steep gangplank for a tour of most of the 279-foot long ship during a three-hour period from 9 a.m. to noon.

Times of San Diego
Feb 21, 2015

Hundreds of San Diegans took advantage of a rare opportunity Saturday to tour a research vessel that’s being retired by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography after 46 years of service.

The Washington Post
Feb 20, 2015

The world of seadragons just got a lot more colorful. Researchers have discovered a new species of the small fish for the first time in 150 years, and this vibrant ruby red creature has scientists very excited. The new discovery, described this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science, was made while scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego were analyzing tissue samples from the museum taken in 2007. "We’re now in a golden age of taxonomy and these powerful DNA tools are making it possible for more new species than ever to be discovered,” Greg Rouse of Scripps Oceanography, one of the study’s authors, said in a press release.

Feb 19, 2015

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, researchers in La Jolla have discovered a colorful new species of seadragon. The ruby seadragon joins only two other known species of seadragon, both of which are more lightly colored. Scripps graduate student Josefin Stiller says its crimson hue offers clues about where it dwells. "We think that the ruby seadragon may be red because it may inhabit deeper waters," Stiller said. The new species was identified using samples from museums in Australia, the only part of the world where seadragons are found. One sample had been sitting in the Western Australia Museum’s collection since 1919.

Feb 18, 2015

Seadragons are fantastically adorned creatures. With bodies similar to seahorses, they have wild appendages that look like ocean vegetation and, indeed, serve to camouflage the colorful creatures amid the kelp and seawood formations they live in off the coast of south and east Australia. Until very recently, it was believed there were only two kinds of seadragons: leafy and weedy (also known as common). Thanks to work done by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego graduate student Josefin Stiller and marine biologists Nerida Wilson of the Western Australia Museum (WAM) and Greg Rouse of Scripps Oceanography, it's possible to add another type to the roster -- the ruby seadragon, (Phyllopteryx dewysea, in science-speak). The team made the discovery while analyzing tissue samples provided by WAM as part of an effort to better understand and protect the creatures in the wild.

Feb 18, 2015

Scientists in San Diego are doing groundbreaking research that could change how doctors treat a number of illnesses. They're testing carbon monoxide levels in mammals at SeaWorld, and have found that it can be beneficial at certain levels. Mike Tift, a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is teaming up with SeaWorld's trainers and vets to conduct the research. What they're finding is that carbon monoxide -- which sends thousands of people to the emergency room with carbon monoxide poisoning each year -- isn't all bad. "A lot of the marine mammals that dive deep, will shut blood flow off to organs and tissues in order to conserve oxygenated blood for the organs that matter, like the heart and the brain. And so because they do that, because they shut the flood flow off, this carbon monoxide actually could prevent injuries from happening in those other tissues," Tift told CBS San Diego reporter Steve Price.
Feb 17, 2015

Scientists from NOAA, the Department of Energy, NASA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the state Department of Water Resources, and other agencies are trying to better understand how atmospheric rivers evolve as they encounter the state's up-and-down topography. They are also researching how the composition of aerosols, which can be natural or man-made, influences the amount of rain and snow that clouds release. The rich array of data being collected "will give us all the pieces of the puzzle to really start to take our understanding of things to the next level," said project co-leader Kim Prather, a Scripps scientist who is studying aerosols this winter at a Bodega Bay site.

U-T San Diego
Feb 15, 2015

“He should have received the Nobel Prize for it,” said Dr. Victor Vacquier, a longtime colleague of Dr. Benson’s and distinguished professor emeritus of marine biology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. That honor, however, went to Calvin, who in 1961 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

San Diego Reader
Feb 14, 2015

San Diego is so arid, it can leave mushroom hunters foraging for irrigation. No one knows how many kinds of mushrooms there are in San Diego, what medicinal or other properties they may have, where they grow, or how they’re doing in a changing climate. “It is clearly a scientific question that needs answering — and one I’ve been enjoying trying to help answer,” says Dr. Mary Ann Hawke, a plant ecologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Hawke is working on a project to document the county’s mushrooms — part of an international effort to “barcode” species by sequencing their DNA.