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Marine Microbiology Initiative

Enter the unseen world of microbes

Armed with Science July 22, 2010

With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has been developing in situ sorting and observational technologies of individual phytoplankton cells, through time-series deployments of the FlowCytobot and Imaging FlowCytobot instruments. The article below highlights the pioneering work of these novel tools, here examining ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

National ocean policy released

July 19, 2010

President Obama today signed an Executive Order to form the new National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.  The Executive Order adopts the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Marine Microbiology Principal Investigators honored with 2010 Ecological Society of America Outstanding Theory Paper Award

June 30, 2010

A paper co-authored by two MMI Principal Investigators, James O'Dwyer and Jessica Green, has been recognized by the Ecological Society of America. Working from CAMERA datasets, O'Dwyer and Green developed a spatially explicit neutral prediction for the species-area relationship (SAR), drawing on quantum field theory and neutral community ecology. ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech researchers identify mantle plume below southern Africa

June 24, 2010

Caltech researchers at the Tectonics Observatory published a paper in the 4 May Geophysical Research Letters, reporting the detection, with unprecedented clarity, of a mantle plume in seismic images. The pioneering methods used by seismologists at Caltech and published in May have just been highlighted in the 24 June ...

California Institute of Technology

Development of 4D electron tomography featured in June 24 Science

By Oh-Hoon Kwon and Ahmed H. Zewail Science June 24, 2010

The June 24 issue of Science includes a report on innovative research methods developed by integrating a fourth dimension, time, in electron tomography. The report was written by senior postdoctoral fellow Oh-Hoon Kwon and by Caltech Professor and Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail, who is a principal investigator at the Gordon ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Research by senior investigator Dr. David M. Karl and team highlighted in Nature

By Kenneth S. Johnson, Stephen C. Riser and David M. Karl Nature June 23, 2010

A team of institutions and researchers that includes Dr. David M. Karl, Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawai'i and Marine Microbiology Initiative Senior Investigator, has discovered a potential source of essential nutrients that allow microscopic algae to grow in nutrient depleted regions of the open ocean. Using high-resolution ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Oxapampa-Ashaninka-Yanesha included among UNESCO's Biosphere Reserves

June 7, 2010

UNESCO has announced the creation of thirteen new biosphere reserves, including the Oxapampa-Asháninka-Yanesha Biosphere Reserve in Peru, where groups including the Yanesha and Asháninka indigenous peoples use traditional knowledge to manage their natural resources, helping to maintain the cultural and biological diversity of high-altitude Amazonian rain forests. Funding from two ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech researchers and partners discover aseismic slip as barrier to earthquake propagation in Southern Peru

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech May 5, 2010

On August 15, 2007, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck in Central Peru, killing more than 500 people—primarily in the town of Pisco, which was heavily damaged by the temblor—and triggering a tsunami that flooded Pisco's shore and parts of Lima's Costa Verde highway. The rupture occurred as the Nazca tectonic ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

New site launched to enable peer-to-peer bioscience data sharing

April 21, 2010

Jonathan Eisen and his team at the University of California, Davis Genome Center have developed a new website, www.biotorrents.net, that allows rapid file sharing of large sets of scientific data. Using BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer technology, the site shares bandwidth across institutions and splits data sets into smaller pieces, making it ...

California Institute of Technology

Review of four-dimensional electron microscopy (4D UEM) in April 9 Science Magazine

By Ahmed H. Zewail Science April 9, 2010

The April 9 issue of Science includes a review of transformative research and development obtained by introducing time, the fourth dimension, in electron microscopy. The review’s author, Caltech Professor and Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail, is principal investigator at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation-supported Center for Ultrafast Science & Technology....