Category Archives: Ecological research and consulting

Ocean phytoplankton decreases change marine ecosystems worldwide

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been collecting data on phytoplankton blooms using satellite imagery. "Inclusion of satellite data into this kind of biogeochemical modeling is really exciting," NASA scientist Jeremy Werdell said, according to United Press International. The satellite images illustrate that the most common phytoplankton, called diatoms, have decreased approximately 1 percent … Continue reading Ocean phytoplankton decreases change marine ecosystems worldwide

Water quality plan approved by EPA in Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has developed an updated water quality plan over the last two years to align with the federal Clean Water Act at a cost of $3 million. Governor Charlie Baker and counsel approved the updated plan in June 2015 followed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 15, 2015. The Cape … Continue reading Water quality plan approved by EPA in Cape Cod

NOAA fisheries climate science strategy to reduce effects of climate change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking important and bold steps to better manage the nation's fisheries and marine resources by producing the Fisheries Climate Science Strategy. This is a commitment made by the NOAA to create tools and support to better manage the fisheries globally. As the oceans continue to change due … Continue reading NOAA fisheries climate science strategy to reduce effects of climate change

Colonized predatory zooplankton use advanced propulsion system movement

Zooplankton are heterotrophic invertebrate organisms found drifting in both fresh and marine water bodies. A group of gelatinous planktonic organisms have recently been discovered swimming by coordinating multiple water jets from separate but genetically identical units in a colony of Nanomia bijuga. Jet propulsion is common in marine animals, such as squid and octopi. However, … Continue reading Colonized predatory zooplankton use advanced propulsion system movement