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Press Release 09-007
Conference Features Climate Change, Predatory Jellyfish, Other Hot Topics in Marine Science

National Science Foundation-funded research results presented at 2009 American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Conference

Photo of Kakani Young of Caltech using a new particle image system in Jellyfish Lake, Palau.

Scientist Kakani Young of Caltech uses a new particle image system in Jellyfish Lake, Palau.
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January 21, 2009

Geo-engineering of aquatic systems and its possible impact on climate change are among the topics featured at the 2009 meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), held in Nice, France, from January 25-30, 2009.

Other aquatic science subjects to be addressed at the conference include the open ocean and its role in Earth's biogeochemical cycles, future water shortages and sustainable water management, and the effect of predatory jellyfish on ocean ecosystems.

The ASLO meeting--titled "A Cruise Through Nice Waters: Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography"--features a slate of talks and poster presentations by National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported researchers. Highlights of these presentations are in the attached PDF (30 KB).


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American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 2009 Annual Meeting: http://www.aslo.org/meetings/nice2009/index.html
NSF Directorate for Geosciences: http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=GEO
NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences: http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=BIO

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Photo of jellyfish known to scientists as Mastigias following the sun in Palau's Jellyfish Lake.
Jellyfish known to scientists as Mastigias follow the sun in Palau's Jellyfish Lake.
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Image of the crystal structure of the protein ferritin, which fuels diatom growth in the oceans.
The protein ferritin, its crystal structure shown here, fuels the growth of diatoms in the oceans.
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Photo of a doliolid, which is related to sea squirts.
Doliolids, relatives of sea squirts, are a mystery: what do they eat in the oceans?
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Graph showing chlorophyll levels as a function of depth and offshore distance in Lake Superior.
Limnologists study plankton in Lake Superior at the Deep Chlorophyll Maximum, an algae graveyard.
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The jumbo squid is a top predator in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.
The jumbo squid is a top predator in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.
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