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Ocean Sciences (OCE) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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title slide showing images of fish, water and trees Earth Day in the future: What will it be like?
Scientists peer into the next decades of environmental change on Planet Earth
Released  April 15, 2014
Blue fish in the coral reef under water Parasites: Rulers of the Reef
By influencing reef fish, parasites known as gnathiids are "major players in reef ecology," writes marine biologist Paul Sikkel
Released  November 19, 2013
Photo of marine organisms under water "Talking" to the animals
Chemical ecologists translate the language of the sea
Released  September 25, 2013
collage of various pictures showing researchers, seafans and corals Sick Sea Fans: Undersea "Doctors" to the Rescue
Scientists discover genes involved in immunity of sea fans to coral diseases
Released  July 24, 2013
Giant barrel sponges off Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean next to a researcher. Life on a Coral Reef: Insult Is (Sometimes) Added to Injury
Overfishing removes predatory fish that keep sponges from smothering corals
Released  May 8, 2013
Cartoon showing a threatening wave scaring blue mussels Blue Mussels "Hang On" Along Rocky Shores: For How Long?
Mussels' anchors--byssal threads--weakened by ocean acidification
Released  March 21, 2013
Scientists Dusty Kemp and Meredith Meyers under water in the Florida Keys. Underwater Whodunit: What's Killing Florida's Elkhorn Coral?
Scientists solve Caribbean coral mystery: human pathogens cause marine invertebrate deaths
Released  February 14, 2013
Jellyfish known as "sea tomatoes" on Cable Beach in western Australia Jellyfish "Blooms" Wax and Wane in Natural Cycles
Research shows blooms follow periodic global oscillations
Released  January 24, 2013
Photo of Acropora coral on NSF's Moorea Coral Reef LTER site. Tropical Reefs Surviving Environmental Stresses: Corals' Choice of Symbiotic Algae May Hold the Key
Corals that host fewer species of algae are less sensitive to disturbances
Released  August 29, 2012
Photo of a moose in the water on the shoreline of Isle Royale. From Lake to Land, in a Land of Lakes
Moose act as conduits of nitrogen between water bodies and the edges of lakes, ponds
Released  August 17, 2012
Photo of spiny shrubs in foreground, mountains in background, in Chile's Bosque de Fray Jorge Park. Into the Matorral: Scientists Track Avifauna in Coastal Chile's Thorn-Scrub
Researchers discover ecological role of bird life in a biodiversity hotspot
Released  July 26, 2012
Photo of a stream with boulders in the streambed. Acid Rain: Scourge of the Past or Trend of the Present?
New connection between climate change and acidification of Northeast's forests and streams
Released  July 25, 2012
Photo of Lyndie Hice and Glenn Wagner seining for Atlantic silversides near Cape Hatteras. Where North Meets South in the Sea
Small fish adapt to cold, warm water temperatures along 2,000 miles of Atlantic Coast
Released  July 24, 2012
Photo of seaweed washed up on a beach. All Washed Up and Somewhere to Go
Seaweed on beaches is an ecological treasure trove
Released  July 20, 2012
Photo of the submersible Alvin collecting samples from The Deep. Hitchhiker's Guide to The Deep
Creatures of the abyss invade surface world
Released  June 8, 2012
Image of a Queen of Spades card. Queen of Spades Key to New Evolutionary Hypothesis
Microscopic ocean plankton mimic card also known as the Black Queen
Released  May 10, 2012
Photo of vessels and platforms responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. Gulf Oil Spill: Scientists Develop New Model for Deep-water Oil Spills
Call for a "whole new type" of marine ecology
Released  April 20, 2012
Photo of fog over the cloud forest in Ecuador's Oyacachi watershed. Earth Week: A Stream Is a Stream Is a Stream: Or Is It?
Scientists ford high-mountain waterways in North, South America to find out
Released  April 16, 2012
Image of a stream flowing through a forest in the H.J. Andrews LTER site. Long-term Ecological Research Reveals Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change
New insights as NSF Long Term Ecological Research Network reflects on three decades of science
Released  April 6, 2012
Image of snow-covered Mount Washington, N.H. The Snows of Mount Washington
Climate and environmental change in the U.S. northeast corridor
Released  March 2, 2012
Photo of a Cape sugarbird resting on a protea flower. Biodiversity of Earth's Richest Plant Kingdom Under Fire
In response to climate change, will a postage-sized-domain move uphill--and ultimately out of room?
Released  January 27, 2012
Aerial view of ocean near Mo'orea. Trouble in Paradise: Ocean Acidification This Way Comes
Sustainability of tropical corals in question, but some species developing survival mechanisms
Released  January 4, 2012
Photo of Adam Rosenblatt holding an alligator. Alligator Commuters: Gators' Travels Link Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems
Florida alligators travel upstream and downstream between marshes and the coast
Released  June 23, 2011
Photo taken underwater of the giant kelp canopy in the Santa Barbara Channel. New View of Undersea Giant Kelp Forest "Canopy"--From Satellites Above
Marine scientists discover wave disturbance, nutrient levels affect California giant kelp growth
Released  May 25, 2011
Photo of John Kessler and David Valentine in front of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill. How Tiny Microbes Took a Big Bite out of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Two scientists describe their research on the fate of massive methane releases from the Gulf oil spill during the summer and fall of 2010
Released  May 23, 2011
Photo of Cristiano Collettini looking at the Zuccale Fault on the Isle of Elba, Italy. Mystery Behind Weak Earthquake Faults Solved
Chris Marone and Cristiano Collettini on their research team's work to find out why low-angle, normal faults slip
Released  April 9, 2010
Photo of a researcher collecting soil samples at the Arctic LTER site. Life Underground Critical to Earth's Ecosystems
Scientists travel 'down the rabbit hole' for new view of subterranean biodiversity
Released  July 29, 2009
Photo of Katrina Edwards sub-sampling volcanic basalt for microbiology as Brian Midson looks on. Hunting for Life in Rocks Beneath the Seas
University of Southern California geobiologist Katrina Edwards describes research to find and characterize microbes in the crust beneath the deep sea
Released  May 8, 2009
Photo of Kakani Young swimming among jellyfish. Jellyfish: Far From Passive Drifters-in-the-currents
"Biomixing" by floating animals churns waters in oceans, seas, lakes
Released  May 8, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009

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