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Steady decline of coral reefs in the Anthropocene

Tropical coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse, socially, ecologically and economically valuable, and environmentally sensitive ecosystems of the planet. The engineers of this ecosystem are reef-building corals, close relatives of jellyfish that live in an intimate, mutually-benefitting relationship (symbiosis) with single-celled algae... click to read more

  • Greg Torda | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 28, 2019
Past ice, future ice

In order to predict the impacts of Global Warming, scientists develop climate models that attempt to represent our real, complicated climate as closely as possible. Climate is the intertwined system of the Earth's atmosphere, ocean, and ice. If we can understand how these variables interacted... click to read more

  • Melissa Reusche | Master Student at Department of Geosciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 23, 2019
The shape of the ocean: deep waters and their movement

Oceanographers know how the deepest reaches of the ocean are filled: by very cold and dense waters formed in contact with the polar air and ice of Antarctica. These dense Antarctic waters plunge under their own weight and snake along the global seafloor at depths... click to read more

  • Casimir de Lavergne | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 31, 2018
Big changes ahead for Antarctica’s plants and animals

Antarctic species don't just include the charismatic marine animals, such as killer whales, penguins and seals. There is actually a whole range of purely land-based animals and plants that spend their whole life-cycle on the frozen continent. These include moss and lichen, microbes and many... click to read more

  • Jasmine Lee | PhD student at Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland, Australia
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 21, 2018
For polar bears the cost of living is rising

A warming Arctic is causing reductions in sea ice thickness and increasing its drift speed. Compositional and dynamic changes in sea ice could have impacts on the ability of ice-dependent vertebrates to acquire and amass energy needed for maintenance, growth, and reproduction. Knowledge of how... click to read more

  • George Durner | Research Zoologist at US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 13, 2018