URI Graduate Student Studies Feeding, Growth Habits of Microscopic Organisms in Ocean

When people are hungry they look for food, maybe a cheeseburger. But what happens to microorganisms in the ocean when they get hungry? Do they perish, live or grow? Sean Anderson, a 24-year-old student at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, answered those questions researching the feeding habits of heterotrophic protists—microscopic ocean […]

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URI students to study subtropical ecosystem in Bermuda

When most people think of Bermuda, cruise ships and golf come to mind. University of Rhode Island biology and marine biology students are spending their spring break on the island for another reason—to study its subtropical habitat. URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography and College of the Environment and Life Sciences are coordinating the week-long trip, […]

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Graduate School of Oceanography Scientist Receives International Award

University of Rhode Island oceanographer Susanne Menden-Deuer, an expert in the behavior of plankton, has won an international award for her work. The associate professor at the Graduate School of Oceanography will receive the Hutner Prize from the International Society of Protistologists during its annual meeting this summer in Moscow. The organization is the largest […]

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Grad Student Studies Foraging Behavior of Killer Whales

Most of what is known about killer whales has been learned from studies of the animals in Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. But killer whales are also found in the North Atlantic, and a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island is the first to investigate the ecology of the orcas that live around […]

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Cleary Studies Copepods North of Arctic Circle

Alison Cleary spent six months at the top of the world recently studying what tiny crustaceans eat, kayaking in the light at midnight—and carrying a rifle to protect her from polar bears. Cleary, who graduated from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in May 2015 with a doctorate in oceanography, says the […]

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Oceanographic Analysis, Assays, and Techniques

GSO seismologists advanced the science of detecting and analyzing pressure waves caused by earthquakes, landslides, and nuclear explosions through development of a novel modeling approach called full-wave seismic analysis. This method extracts much more information from these phenomena than captured by older, standard ray-tracing methods. GSO’s high-powered computer clusters allow detection of small seismic events […]

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Deep Microbes

Recent discoveries by GSO biogeochemists in samples from Deep Sea Drilling Program (DSDP) cores taken from the Pacific Ocean have significant implications for the nature and global distribution of life in the sediments of the subseafloor. For example, estimates of Earth’s total living biomass are now 10-45 percent lower than previously thought, and the depth […]

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Microbial and Planktonic Diversity

GSO scientists characterize the genetic diversity and distribution of planktonic populations globally over time, space, and in different marine ecosystems. This provides an understanding of basic processes of speciation, selection, and adaption, and how plankton respond to their environments. Examining physical influences on phytoplankton form and function shows how small-scale turbulence affects cell and colony […]

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