by Ted Smayda The streaks and patches of rust-red water in Narragansett Bay and some coastal ponds the past month is because of a bloom of the planktonic, micro-alga Cochlodinium polykrikoides, a member of the phytoplankton. The phytoplankton harvest light energy and nutrients, and through their photosynthesis grow and bloom in the sea, serving as the […]Continue reading "Red Tide Hits Narragansett Bay"
How deep is Earth’s habitable region? Scientists from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography will try to answer that question during an international research expedition off the coast of Japan. Arthur Spivack, a professor of oceanography, and graduate students Justine Sauvage, of Belgium, and Kira Homola of Washington State, are among the […]Continue reading "Scientist, Graduate Students to Explore Limits of Life Deep Beneath Seafloor off Japan"
Three women scientists at the University of Rhode Island will lead expeditions to Antarctica this year, thanks to winning highly competitive grants from the National Science Foundation. The expeditions aboard the research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer reflect URI’s successful initiative to recruit more women to science faculty positions and create a welcoming environment for them. […]Continue reading "Three Women Scientists From URI to Lead Expeditions This Year to Antarctica"