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Public Radio International
Aug 07, 2015
<p>Investigators searching for clues about what caused the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to go down, and where, may have a surprising helper at their disposal: barnacles, those small crustaceans that attach themselves to things that dwell in the sea like whales or, well, airplane wreckage.UMass marine biologist Molly Lutcavage, who is also the director of the Large Pelagics Research Center at the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Marine Station, and her former collaborator, John Killingley, formerly of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, are experts in this type of barnacle research.</p>

Scientific American
Aug 06, 2015
<p>Ocean circulation is driven by winds, including monsoon winds, which can influence the journey the plane debris followed, said Luca Centurioni, an associate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Although the wind can push objects around, their various shapes and sizes also contribute to where they end up.</p>

Aug 06, 2015
<p>Lutcavage, who is also the director of the Large Pelagics Research Center at the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Environmental Conservation</a> at the UMass Amherst Marine Station, and her former collaborator, <a href="" target="_blank">John Killingley</a>, formerly of the <a href="" target="_blank">Scripps Institution of Oceanography </a>in La Jolla, Calif., are experts in this type of barnacle research.</p>

Fox 5
Aug 04, 2015
<p>Researchers at UCSD&rsquo;s Scripps Institution of Oceanography are conducting a heart-monitoring study on a 51-year-old killer whale at SeaWorld.</p>

Aug 04, 2015
<p>Getting an electrocardiogram on a killer whale is tricky business, but researchers figured out how at <a data-ajax="false" data-transition="none" href="" rel="external">SeaWorld</a>. The scientists from the <a data-ajax="false" data-transition="none" href="" rel="external">Scripps Institution of Oceanography</a> developed the innovative technique and look to use it in the wild.</p>

The Conversation
Aug 04, 2015
<p class="role">Northern <a href="">Sardine</a> (<em>Sardinops sagax caerulea</em>) and Northern <a href="">Anchovy</a> (<em>Engraulis mordax</em>) are famous, both for the importance of their fisheries, and their dramatic population cycles. Over the past 80 years they have become icons of modern-day marine biology, oceanography and climate research. Author: <a href="" rel="author"><span class="fn author-name" itemprop="name">Andrew Frederick Johnson</span></a>, Postdoctoral Researcher of Marine Biology at Scripps Insitution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego</p>

Miami Herald
Jul 31, 2015
<p>The small arthropods clinging to a piece of aircraft debris that washed ashore on an Indian Ocean island may provide valuable evidence in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane, one of the greatest aviation mysteries in history. Barnacles, dozens of which can be seen in photographs of the part from a Boeing Co. 777, are sometimes capable of providing scientists a road map of where whales or boats have traveled, said William Newman, an emeritus professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. &ldquo;It might provide a lot more than you think,&rdquo; said Newman, who isn&rsquo;t working on the probe of the missing plane. He is among a handful of biological oceanographers who&rsquo;ve occasionally been called upon in police investigations or lawsuits to testify on barnacle forensics.</p>

CBS News
Jul 31, 2015
<p>The discovery of part of a Boeing 777 airplane wing on an island in the western Indian Ocean raises questions about whether it&#39;s possible that debris from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 could have traveled such a great distance. &quot;If it entered the water where they think (MH) 370 entered the water, Reunion is along pathway and it takes about year for debris to go from west of Australia to Reunion Island,&rdquo; said Arnold Gordon, an oceanography professor at Columbia University. But Luca Centurioni, an associate researcher who studies climate, atmospheric science and physical oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was more cautious. As the director of a program that uses buoys around the world to study ocean circulation and sea surface temperature, he was able to isolate 63 of his devices out 20,000 that have ended up near La Reunion. &quot;The reality of debris is that it follows a fuzzy trajectory,&quot; Centurioni said. &ldquo;It moves in a turbulent fashion.&rdquo; Without a better idea of its exact path, Centurioni said investigators now might be forced to expand their search area even more. &quot;The area they are searching is a possibility but there may be other possibilities,&quot; he said. &quot;It is a big ocean. That is the bottom line.&quot;</p>

NBC 7 San Diego
Jul 30, 2015
<p>A decision on whether to allow SeaWorld San Diego to build larger tanks for orca whales has been stalled by an outpouring of negative response to the proposal. The California Coastal Commission has delayed a vote on whether to allow the San Diego park to build the larger tanks after receiving 75,000 letters and emails, mostly opposing the plan. Opponents feel the larger killer whale environments mask the larger issue: orcas in captivity. &ldquo;The proposed Blue World project will provide not only an expanded habitat for whales, but also new opportunities for researchers to conduct studies that will benefit killer whales and other cetaceans in the wild,&rdquo; said Dr. Paul J. Ponganis, research physiologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. &ldquo;In addition, a dynamic animal environment like Blue World may inspire a host of future marine biologists, veterinarians and other scientists.&rdquo;</p>

NBC San Diego
Jul 28, 2015
<p>While the outlook for a strong El Ni&ntilde;o this winter looks good, one San Diego expert said it would do little to ease the drought. Marty Ralph, a climatologist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, said San Diego County&rsquo;s lakes and reservoirs are more than a year behind in terms of water levels, so it would take an extremely wet winter to get back on track.</p>