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Cuba, Coral Reefs, coral conservation, Coral Ecosystems, Ocean Exploration, NOAA, Mesophotic coral reefs, ROV, Underwater Vehicles, Snorkeling, Expedition, Discovery

Ocean Exploration Uncovers One of Cuba's Hidden Natural Treasures

After nearly two years of planning, a team of scientists from the U.S. and Cuba has explored never-before-studied mesophotic coral reefs along the entire coast of Cuba, spanning about 1,500 miles. Except for a few places along the coast, prior to this expedition, there were virtually no data or charts indicating what was beyond the shallow reef zone.




Algae, algal bloom, algae bloom, Bloom, Lake Erie, Housing Prices, Fishing, anglers

Algal Blooms Cost Ohio Homeowners $152 Million Over Six Years


In a new study, researchers at The Ohio State University estimate algal blooms at two Ohio lakes cost Ohio homeowners $152 million in lost property value over six years. Meanwhile, a related study suggests that algae is driving anglers away from Lake Erie, causing fishing license sales to drop at least 10 percent every time a bloom reaches a moderate level of health risk.


Law and Public Policy


Coastal Flooding, FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program, Climate Change

Florida Flood Risk Study Identifies Priorities for Property Buyouts

A study of flood damage in Florida by scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions.



Coral Bleaching, coral conservation, Coral Ecology, Marine Biodiversity, Climate Change, University of Washington, Genetics, Epigenetics, Coral Reefs

Modern Genetic Sequencing Tools Give Clearer Picture of How Corals Are Related


As corals face threats from warming oceans, a new study uses modern genetic-sequencing tools to help reveal the relationships between three similar-looking corals.



WIU Faculty, Students Studying Behavior of Asian Carp as Part of National Grant


A group of Western Illinois University biologists and biology graduate and undergraduate students are working with the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) to conduct ecological studies on Asian carp in the Upper Illinois and Mississippi rivers.



NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University, Brian Walker Ph.D., Coral Reefs, Anchorage, Port Miami, Coral Reef Protection

South Florida Coral Reefs to Get a Helping Hand – Anchorage Changed to Help Avoid Mishaps


To help protect coral reefs, NSU researchers helped identify new anchorage area for Port Miami



soil microbes, National Mall, TURF, soil health, Turfgrass

Soil Microbes Persist Through National Mall Facelift


It’s not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was replaced, it offered scientists the opportunity to study changes in the soil microbiome underneath.




zika, West Nile, Zika disease severity, Zika infection, West Nile Vaccine, Vaccine Development, TTUHSC El Paso, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El, Anjali Joshi, Himanshu Garg, Dengue, antibody-dependent enhancement

Can Previous Exposure to West Nile Alter the Course of Zika?


EL PASO, Texas - West Nile virus is no stranger to the U.S.-Mexico border; thousands of people in the region have contracted the mosquito-borne virus in the past. But could this previous exposure affect how intensely Zika sickens someone now?



Lake Trout Adjust Their Behaviour in the Face of a Changing Climate, New Study


Canadian scientists have discovered that certain lake predators are altering their behaviour due to climate change, revealing what the future may hold for these fish and their food.



Rick Relyea, Pesticides, Parasites, Ecology

Frogs That Adapt to Pesticides Are More Vulnerable to Parasites


Amphibians can evolve increased tolerance to pesticides, but the adaptation can make them more susceptible to parasites, according to a team that includes researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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