Oceanography News

Research on microbes adds new dimension to carbon dioxide predictions

A recently published paper by Texas A&M Oceanographer Thomas Bianchi has already been hailed by researchers on two continents as a break-through in the role microbes play in the global carbon cycle.



Understanding abrupt climate change in the past gives clues for future climate

Texas A&M Oceanographer Matthew Schmidt's new study provides evidence for the trigger of abrupt climate change in Earth's recent past. His article, published recently in Paleoceanography, details how foraminifera that lived near the surface and on the bottom of the ocean give us clues about the how the climate has changed since the end of the last ice age.



Researchers learn what it takes to be a chief scientist

Texas A&M oceanographer Dan Thornton and atmospheric scientist Sarah Brooks took part in a program aimed at teaching the basics of planning research cruises, and gained valuable practice with research techniques.



Red tide research aims at prediction

Texas A&M oceanographer Lisa Campbell is studying harmful algal blooms, commonly known as red tide, off the Texas coast. The aim of this study is to better forecast blooms that can disrupt fishing and harm fish, birds, and people. 



Mid-Atlantic Ridge microbiology expedition in progress

Heath Mills collecting a sample on the JOIDES Resolution drill floor

IODP Expedition 336, Mid-Atlantic Ridge Microbiology, is now in progress. Visit the expedition's research blog to follow the scientists and crew aboard the JOIDES Resolution as they sail from Barbados to the Azores to study deep-sea microbiology.



First Rayburn Texas Sea Grant scholarship awarded

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Oceanography Ph.D. student Jennifer Hertzberg has been named the first-ever recipient of the Ralph Rayburn Texas Sea Grant Scholarship.



Texas A&M receives $14.4 million to study Gulf oil spills

COLLEGE STATION, Aug. 31, 2011 -- Texas A&M University researchers in the College of Geosciences and the Dwight Look College of Engineering are the lead investigators in a $14.4 million project that will investigate the transport and eventual fate of petroleum fluids that have erupted at depth, such as those that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon spill last year.



Geosciences team receives award for its Gulf Coast work

A team led by oceanography researchers Dr. Ann Jochens and Dr. Matthew Howard will receive a Gulf Guardian Award form the Environmental Protection Agency for their project to integrate ocean and coastal data sets from all over the Gulf Coast region.



DiMarco finds large Gulf of Mexico dead zone

The first of three scheduled cruises, oceanographer Steve DiMarco and his team have found a growing dead zone expected to be the largest on record.


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