SES Students Brave the Rain for Science | The Well

Posted 1 week, 4 days ago @

Science never stops, even for the weather.

When heavy rains hit Cape Cod last week, students in the MBL’s Semester in Environmental Science (SES) program didn’t let a little bad weather stop them. They headed out to Little Sippewissett Marsh in Falmouth, Mass., to collect sediment samples for their Microbial Methods course.

Not a Moment Too Soon: Ecologists Flock to Arctic Field Station | The Well

August 19th, 2021 @

Environmental scientists couldn’t wait to get back to work this year after having to sacrifice precious field time in 2020 due to pandemic shutdowns. At Toolik Field Station in arctic Alaska, the summer field season is brief and intense: Scientists flock there to take advantage of 24-hour light and soil productivity before, once again, the long, frozen, and dark winter descends.

U.S. Department of Energy Funds Innovative Study of Carbon Cycling in Coastal Ecosystems | The Well

August 18th, 2021 @

With a new collaborative grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), MBL Research Scientist Inke Forbrich will lead a project to study hydrological and biological controls on carbon cycling in coastal wetlands.

Climate Change is Already Disrupting US Forests and Coasts | The Conversation

August 4th, 2021 @

Record-breaking heat waves and drought have left West Coast rivers lethally hot for salmon, literally cooked millions of mussels and clams in their shells and left forests primed to burn. The extraordinary severity of 2021’s heat and drought, and its fires and floods, has many people questioning whether climate change, fueled by human actions, is progressing even faster than studies have predicted and what that means for the future.

Five New Faculty to Arrive, Expanding MBL’s Resident Science Program

July 23rd, 2021 @

The MBL is growing. Three new scientists are joining the Ecosystems Center over the next year, and two more will join the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Heat-loving microbes recycle organic carbon in the seafloor | Microbiology

June 15th, 2021 @

It is cold in the depths of the world’s oceans; most of the seafloor and overlaying water is a chilly 4 °C. However, this is not so at the seafloor of Guaymas Basin in the Gulf of California. There, the Baja California peninsula is separating from North America, and heat from Earth’s interior rises up.

Slow Research to Understand Fast Change | Ecological Society of America

June 1st, 2021 @

In a world that’s changing fast, the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network can seem almost an anachronism. Yet the patience and persistence that have generated 40 years of careful, reliable science about the Earth’s changing ecosystems may prove to be just what’s needed in this rapidly shifting world. We can’t wait for a crystal ball — and we don’t have to. By harnessing decades of rich data, scientists are beginning to forecast future conditions and plan ways to manage, mitigate, or adapt to likely changes in ecosystems that will impact human economies, health and wellbeing.

Crabby New Neighbors: Climate Change in the Plum Island Ecosystem | The Well

June 1st, 2021 @

A changing climate means changing habitats. For the Plum Island ecosystem north of Boston, it means some new, unexpected residents have moved into the marsh.

Salt Marshes Trap Microplastics in their Sediments, Creating Record of Human Plastic Use | The Well

June 1st, 2021 @

Plastics are everywhere. From cell phones to pens and cars to medical devices, the modern world is full of plastic— and plastic waste. New research from scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Ecosystems Center found that some of that plastic waste has been accumulating in salt marshes for decades. The study was published in Environmental Advances.

U.S. Global Change Research Should Focus on Preparing for the Worst | National Academies

March 18th, 2021 @

MBL Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo chaired the National Academies committee that wrote this advisory report for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which prepares the National Climate Assessments. Melillo was a leader of the National Climate Assessments released in 2000, 2009, and 2014.

WASHINGTON — As it drafts its next decadal strategic plan, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) should shift its focus to providing insights that help society prepare for and avoid the worst potential consequences of climate change, while protecting the most vulnerable, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Traditional climate research that projects changes in the natural environment to estimate potential consequences is not meeting the needs of decision-makers as they respond to the climate crisis, the report says.

Global Change Research Needs and Opportunities for 2022-2031 recommends USGCRP accelerate research on the multidirectional relationships among human and natural systems to advance our understanding of how to manage urgent current and future climate risks.Our food availability, for example, depends on a complex interaction between natural systems, such as the carbon and water cycles, and aspects of human systems, such as population growth or farming practices.The report calls on USGCRP to focus specifically on urgent climate risks to the security and well-being of Americans — including their health, food, energy, water, and economic security.

Risk management should emphasize protecting the most vulnerable and addressing the underlying drivers of vulnerability, particularly inequity and exclusion. …

“The time has come to urgently increase our country’s investment in global change research to produce knowledge that is more useful for decision-makers leading the response to the climate crisis,” said committee chair Jerry Melillo, distinguished scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. “Today’s decisions require research that considers the global, intricate relationship between society and the natural world, as well as the effects of our response to climate change.” Read more …

Source: U.S. Global Change Research Program Should Shift Focus to Preparing for and Avoiding Worst Potential Consequences of Climate Change, Says New Report | National Academies

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