Friday, February 23, 2018

Small Mussels with Big Effects: Invasive Quagga Mussels Eat Away at...

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Since hitching unsolicited rides in boat ballast water in the late 1980s, invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis), which are native to Ukraine, have caused massive changes to the ecology of the Great Lakes.  These invasive mussels have also taken a toll on the Great Lakes recreational and commercial fisheries, which are valued at $4-7 million annually.

Hurricane Researchers Achieve Important Milestones Despite Quiet 2013...

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While the relatively quiet 2013 Atlantic hurricane season produced the fewest hurricanes on record since 1982, ranking it the sixth least-active season since 1950, this didn’t stop the Hurricane Research Division (HRD) of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) from having a successfully active season of data collection.

GFDL Internships Support NOAA, Community Diversity Efforts

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This summer, NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) hosted 10 interns, ranging from a high school senior to graduate students well on their way to their Ph.D. degrees. Each intern conducted research relevant to GFDL’s climate-science mission, and most presented their findings at GFDL and at their home institutions.

NOAA Research Cruise Aims to Dissolve Uncertainties of Ocean Acidification

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Led by NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory scientists Dr. Richard Feely and Dr. Simone Alin, NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Cruise ran from Seattle, WA down the west coast to Moss Landing, CA. The excess carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels is absorbed by our oceans, and this changing ocean chemistry could affect important ecosystems and fisheries. The research conducted on this cruise aims to bring greater understanding to these potential impacts.

Student Interns at NOAA Labs are a Breath of Fresh Air

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This summer, the Educational Partnership Program (EPP) invited its first cohort of Cooperative Science Center (CSC) students to participate in the NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunity (NERTO). This program is one of several ways the EPP aims to advance collaborative research in the NOAA-mission sciences through the talent of student researchers, which can also be placed as Undergraduate Scholars and Hollings Scholars. Since 2001, EPP CSCs and other scholarship programs have supported over 2,500 students.