NSF awards URI $19 million to establish statewide coastal ecology research consortium; GSO’s Rothstein to co-lead

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Rhode Island a $19 million grant to establish a statewide research consortium to study the effects of climate variability on coastal ecosystems. The funding builds on more than $30 million of previous NSF funding through its Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which aims to […]

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Vetlesen Speaker Series: Measuring ocean warming — Sept. 27

Knowing how much and where the ocean is warming is important to understand how fast the atmosphere will warm and how much seas will rise. Gregory C. Johnson, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, is an expert on measuring ocean warming—and now he’ll share his research during a […]

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GSO graduate students launch free talks about ocean science topics

Important research is going on at GSO, and students there are ready to explain it to you and answer your questions during free monthly talks. “The Bay Informed Discussion Series” kicked off last month with a talk about climate change in the ocean and its influence on Narragansett Bay and will continue July 20 to […]

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MO student Hailey Simpson sails to remote Pacific islands to study effects of climate change on coral reefs

Hailey Simpson, a GSO master’s of oceanography (MO) student, is one of two URI students sailing to remote islands in the Pacific Ocean to study any damage to coral reefs from climate change. Simpson and Kyle Alvanas, who will graduate next year with a degree in marine affairs, are among 24 students from American colleges conducting research in […]

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GSO oceanographer studies microscopic organisms in world’s oceans

You can’t see them with the naked eye, but they’re all over the ocean: diatoms, single-celled organisms that drift on currents. These microscopic creatures are key to the planet’s health. They sit at the base of the food chain, feeding everything from zooplankton to fish. Through photosynthesis diatoms also regulate the air people breathe, and […]

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Sea to Space Particle Investigation

(24 January 2017 – 20 February 2017) Dr. Melissa Omand, URI oceanography assistant professor, and her graduate student Noah Walcutt are members of the science team aboard the R/V Falkor in the Pacific Ocean. The “Sea to Space Particle Investigation” cruise aims to improve the accuracy of particle size distribution products gathered from satellite and remote-sensing data […]

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Climate Clues in Diatoms

A University of Rhode Island oceanographer is studying microscopic organisms at the bottom of Narragansett Bay that could help determine how climate change is changing the bay’s ecosystem. Rebecca Robinson’s research is on diatoms, single-celled organisms found in abundance in the oceans. Diatoms—a type of phytoplankton—are at the base of the food web, feeding everything […]

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