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WHOI research projects awarded $5.2 M to support marine microbial research

There are more microbes in a bucket of seawater than there are people on Earth. Despite their abundance, humans are only just beginning to fathom the complex role marine microbes play in the ocean ecosystem. 

These tiny creatures are responsible for the chemical reactions that drive Earth’s marine biogeochemical cycles, ...

Exploring coral reef threats from changing ocean chemistry

Nichole Price, a post-doctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will present data at the 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on groundbreaking research conducted at the Northern Line Islands archipelago during a 2010 expedition and follow-on studies (OS51H-06 · Friday, Dec. 7, 9:15 a.m. · ...

Microscopic indigestion caught in the act

Dalhousie University December 6, 2012

The Archibald Lab at Dalhousie led a team of researchers from across the globe that decoded the genetic blueprints of two tiny organisms, shedding light on a major feat of evolution.

Key Points: 

  • Photosynthesis is a key process to life on earth that only plants, algae and some bacteria ...

A big boost to BigBOSS

A $2.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the University of California at Berkeley, through the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP), will fund the development of revolutionary technologies for BigBOSS, a project now in the proposal stage designed to study dark energy with unprecedented precision. ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation identifies 16 leading scientists to pursue high-risk research in marine microbial ecology

December 3, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced its Marine Microbiology Initiative investigator awards today, providing 16 scientists from 14 different institutions a total of up to $35 million over five years to pursue pioneering research in the field of marine microbial ecology. The funding will enable researchers to explore how ...

California Institute of Technology

More evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon

By Katie Neith Caltech November 29, 2012

For over 150 years, geologists have debated how and when one of the most dramatic features on our planet—the Grand Canyon—was formed. New data unearthed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) builds support for the idea that conventional models, which say the enormous ravine is 5 to ...

Film series spotlights ocean planning

November 27, 2012

With partial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the University of Rhode Island has produced two new videos about ocean planning issues as they relate to offshore renewable energy (http://zygotedigitalfilms.wistia.com/medias/6cx4kpnvic) and fisheries (http://zygotedigitalfilms.wistia.com/medias/5gjc6wny4p). These follow the initial video in the series, “America's Ocean ...

Administration

Vicki Chandler named VP and president-elect of the Genetics Society of America

November 25, 2012

Today, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced Vicki Chandler’s election to the Genetics Society of America’s Board of Directors.  

Dr. Chandler will serve as vice president in 2013 and as GSA president in 2014, and joins five other new Board members, elected by the general membership. She is ...

Chabot Space & Science Center opens Lab Dash!

Chabot Space & Science Center November 15, 2012

Bill Nye's Climate Lab II: Lab Dash! opens to the public on Saturday, November 17 with new games and activities, new avatars and new ways to earn points. Opening Day visitors will be among the first to test the game LabDash!, and submit inventions in the Green Machine Design Challenge....

New study to examine ecological tipping points

Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp –– a favorite food of urchins –– to flourish. But what if otters were harvested to near extinction for their fur? The resulting overabundance of urchins would decimate the kelp forest, leaving little food or shelter for fish and invertebrates. ...