Marine Science in the News: Ocean acidification affecting California mussels

For thousands of years, the structure of California mussel shells remained consistent -- long cylindrical crystals were laid in neat vertical rows. More modern shells collected in the past 15 years have crystals that are "small and disoriented", according to a new study out of Florida State University. When ready to build a shell, mussels lay down a matrix of calcium carbonate (the same hard structure comprising corals, shells of marine snails, and it is the main component of pearls), which are ordered and organized later. The shells gathered over the last 15 years seem to leave the calcium carbonate disordered and disoriented as smaller crystals. The more modern shells also have elevated le

Marine Science Camp 2018: Scholarship

Every child deserves the opportunity of summer camp and we recognize that some families might require a little help. Each year, Marine Science Camp offers scholarships to families with demonstrated financial need to enjoy the fun, learning and benefits of camp. The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund was created to send deserving children to camp that could not afford to join otherwise. It is supported entirely by the charitable donations of people like you. Last summer, 12 qualifying children received scholarships allowing them to experience the fun and learning of Marine Science Camp 2017 and it was all because of our generous donors. This summer our goal is to provide a scholarship to ev

Education Update from Marine Science Institute: Join us for our 8th annual FREE Teacher Event!

The Marine Science Institute is getting ready to host its 8th annual FREE Teacher Event: SHIP TO SHORE! All you need to know and more! At the event, teachers are invited to participate in two workshops. Both of these workshops provide teachers the opportunity to experience the how their students will achieve deeper understandings in science when exploring marine science with us! Workshop 1-- Scientific Classification: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) activity for students K-3rd, that teachers could easily replicate in their classrooms. This activity will help provide students a way to link their observations as they recognize patterns to organize and classify various items. Workshop

Education Update from Marine Science Institute: Join us for our 8th annual FREE Teacher Event!

The Marine Science Institute is getting ready to host its 8th annual FREE Teacher Event: SHIP TO SHORE! All you need to know and more! At the event, teachers are invited to participate in two workshops. Both of these workshops provide teachers the opportunity to experience the how their students will achieve deeper understandings in science when exploring marine science with us Workshop 1-- Scientific Classification: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) activity for students K-3rd, that teachers could easily replicate in their classrooms. This activity will help provide students a way to link their observations as they recognize patterns to organize and classify various items. Workshop 2

Marine Science in the News: Loss of reef top predator changes fish body shape

A new study led by the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science suggests that shark declines can lead to changes in reef fish body shapes. The research team examined neighboring reefs off the coast of northwestern Australia. The reefs are nearly identical biologically and physically, but have one major difference: one reef is protected from fishing and the other reef has been subjected to commercial shark fishing for centuries. Scientists collected hundreds of fish across seven species from the two reef systems. They measured body length, body width, eye area and tail area of each fish. Conclusions of the study: At the reef where shark populations have dec

Marine Science in the News: Loss of reef top predator changes fish body shape

A new study led by the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science suggests that shark declines can lead to changes in reef fish body shapes. The research team examined neighboring reefs off the coast of northwestern Australia. The reefs are nearly identical biologically and physically, but have one major difference: one reef is protected from fishing and the other reef has been subjected to commercial shark fishing for centuries. Scientists collected hundreds of fish across seven species from the two reef systems. They measured body length, body width, eye area and tail area of each fish. Conclusions of the study: At the reef where shark populations have dec

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