Collaborator Research

Recent Antarctic expeditions, underwater volcano monitoring, studies of little-known transparent creatures, and other recent scientific research is being conducted by Ocean Portal Collaborators. 

A researcher leans off of a boat to tag a great white shark.
Marine biologist Gerald Kooyman of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has documented climate-induced changes to emperor penguin habitats and impacts on how the penguins feed, breed, and raise their young.Dr. Valerie Paul, director of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Fla., examines tropical seaweeds on northwestern Guam’s coral reefs.NOAA’s New Millennium Observatory was set up to study geologic, chemical, and biologic interactions along the mid-ocean ridge system. Here, a remotely operated vehicle (ROPOS) recovers a volcano monitor in the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the Pacific, west of Oregon.How do plants respond to rising CO2 levels? To find out, plant physiologist Bert Drake monitors plants used in his CO2 study at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.To protect Venice from rising seas, Dimitri Deheyn (Scripps Institution/UC San Diego Sediment Research Group) studied the environmental impact of dredging sediment from the waterways.Salps are tube-shaped, soft, transparent animals that swim through the ocean, straining out plant food as they go.Geophysicist Jian Lin of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution studied the earthquake site that triggered 2004’s Indian Ocean tsunami. New tools to map seafloor earthquakes—like this robotic Autonomous Benthic Explorer—enhance our understanding of catastrophic events, such as the tsunami.Geologist Charles Paull (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) investigates geologic features similar to pingos on the Arctic Ocean floor where methane bubbles through sediments and forms hundreds of low hills. On land, a pingo is a place where permafrost bulges beneath a dried lake bed like this one in northern Canada.In Egypt, Dr. Jean-Daniel Stanley of the Smithsonian studies submerged ancient settlements.New Sea Urchin Species Discovered Near New Caledonia in the South PacificHuman activity is increasing in the Arctic marine environment due to climate change. To help the most vulnerable areas, the Global Marine Program of IUCN, along with partners, is convening a series of workshops aimed at enhancing ecosystem-based management and identifying biologically or ecologically important or vulnerable habitats. Burgerbukta, a bay in Svalbard, Norway, is being managed for ecosystem protection.An environmental chemist collects samples of oil in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The resulting chemical “fingerprint” of the oil will help determine the origin of other samples.Melissa Frey, Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Rubenstein Fellow, examines a Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) on a chilly day in Sidney, British Columbia. In addition to holding an EOL Fellowship, Melissa is a Research Associate at the Royal BC Museum, where she continues to engage in taxonomic studies.