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For these critically endangered marine turtles, climate change could be a knockout blow

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:40:52 EST ~ Researchers suggest that projected increases in air temperatures, rainfall inundation and blistering solar radiation could significantly reduce hawksbill hatching success at a selection of major nesting beaches. Find out more...

Scientists warn of slow progress towards United Nations biodiversity targets

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:07:50 EST ~ Researchers praises widespread commitment but call for broader participation to better protect global marine ecosystems. Find out more...

Mammalian keratin genes and adaptation to living on land or sea

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:38:22 EST ~ Scientists have performed one of the largest comparative genomic studies to help determine the key molecular and evolutionary origins of mammalian adaptations seen in skin proteins. Find out more...

Fifty years of decline in Queensland's coastal sharks

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:13:36 EST ~ Queensland's coastal shark numbers are continuing a 50-year decline, in sharp contradiction of suggestions of 'exploding' shark populations, according to a new analysis. Researchers analyzed data from the program, which has used baited drumlines and nets since 1962 to minimize human-shark interactions, and now spans 1,760 km of the Queensland coastline. Find out more...

Scientists identify 66 alien species that pose greatest threat to European biodiversity

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:36:34 EST ~ Scientists have identified 66 alien plant and animal species, not yet established in the European Union, that pose the greatest potential threat to biodiversity and ecosystems in the region. The research lists the invasive species that are likely to arrive and spread in the region over the next decade. Find out more...

Fishery length, angler effort: How they relate

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:01:03 EST ~ A new study suggests reducing the number of fishing days in a season doesn't reduce catch as much as some would predict. Find out more...

Why deep oceans gave life to the first big, complex organisms

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:43:54 EST ~ Why did the first big, complex organisms spring to life in deep, dark oceans where food was scarce? A new study finds great depths provided a stable, life-sustaining refuge from wild temperature swings in the shallows. Find out more...

Coral larvae use sound to find a home on the reef

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:18:53 EST ~ A new study is starting to unravel that mystery. Researchers found that the soundscape of a reef -- the combined sounds of all animals living nearby -- might play a major role in steering corals towards healthy reef systems and away from damaged ones. Find out more...

'Eavesdropping' on groupers' mating calls key to survival

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:33:23 EST ~ Many fish produce sounds for courtship and mating, navigation, and defending their territories. Scientists analyze these sounds to study their behavior such as reproduction. Since grouper spawning is brief and it takes them a long time to reach sexual maturity, they are vulnerable to overfishing. 'Eavesdropping' on them is key to their survival. Researchers have developed a novel acoustic monitoring technique to classify grouper species by their sounds or 'grouper calls,' with accuracy of about 90 percent. Find out more...

Secrets of iron storage in algae

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:33:17 EST ~ New research shows that phytoplankton iron storage strategies may determine which species thrive in changing oceans and impact marine food webs, according to a recent article. The research examined two primary methods of iron storage and found that one makes species more resilient against shortages of the rare and essential element. Find out more...