Seafloor survey done for potential offshore renewable energy projects

Sarah Henkel's team conducted surveys on ocean floor sediment, which will help inform offshore energy projects.

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OSU researcher part of $14 million NSF program for improved genomic tools

Coral researcher Virginia Weis is one of eight researchers selected for a new $14 NSF program aimed at helping scientists better understand the relationship between gene function and the physical and functional characteristics of organisms.

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West Coast waters on acid trip; fishing industry in peril

Francis Chan's research shows significant acidification in waters right along the ocean shore. Offshore acidification had been studied before, but with the new study, "we literally took that picture and we moved it all the way to the surf zone," he said.

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Marine reserves can serve as buffer to effects of climate change, study suggests

"Marine reserves cannot halt or completely offset the growing impacts of climate change," Jane Lubchenco said. "But they can make marine ecosystems more resilient to changes and, in some cases, help slow down the rate of climate change."

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Acidified ocean water widespread along North American West Coast

"The threat of ocean acidification is global and though it sometimes seems far away, it is happening here right now on the West Coast of the United States and those waters are already hitting our beaches," said Francis Chan.

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Researchers identify evidence of oldest orchid fossil on record

George Poinar has identified orchid pollen sacs on the leg of an insect trapped in Baltic amber dating back some 45-55 million years ago. This is the oldest evidence of orchids in the fossil record.

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Galapagos Research Locates Triggerfish As Key Predator In Food Web

Mark Novak and collaborators at Brown University have found a significant "trophic cascade" when triggerfish, a mid-level predator, are involved. 

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Ocean acidification and the future of Oregon’s coastal ocean speaker set

Ocean acidification is a global challenge to the sustainability of marine ecosystems. Francis Chan will speak on ocean acidification science, policy making and actions on May 11 in Manzanita. 

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Connecting the dots: OSU researchers unravel mystery of beetle not seen in 30 years

Richard Van Driesche made a surprising find in his parents' water filter -- an insect not seen in more than 30 years. Kojun Kanda and David Maddison are also helping unravel the mystery of Stygoporus oregonensis. 

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IB participates in "Science Worth Spreading"

On April 22 the College of Science hosted "Science Worth Spreading," an event with science demonstrations and displays, as well as a series of 7-minute talks. IB grad students provided interactive opportunities. Jane Lubcheco kicked off the event with a welcome video.

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