An international research team that included three scientists GSO has discovered single-celled microorganisms in a location where they didn’t expect to find them.Continue reading "Researchers discover life in deep ocean sediments at or above water’s boiling point"
For the first time, researchers have mapped the biological diversity of marine sediment, one of Earth’s largest global biomes.Continue reading "Microbial diversity below seafloor is as rich as on Earth’s surface"
In a new study, researchers reveal that given the right food in the right laboratory conditions, microbes collected from sediment as old as 100 million years can revive and multiply, even after laying dormant since large dinosaurs prowled the planet.Continue reading "Deep sea microbes dormant for 100 million years are hungry and ready to multiply"
GSO oceanographers have synthesized the results of dozens of studies about the microbial life that lives deep beneath the seafloor. Their findings on how subseafloor life affects the world above the water line are somewhat surprising.Continue reading "URI oceanographer reveals link between subseafloor life and global climate"
Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space.Continue reading "Ocean and space exploration blend at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography"
Beth Orcutt thinks microbes buried beneath the seafloor are “awesome” and wants to tell you about them. Some protect the waters by gobbling crude oil that sinks to the ocean bottom; others live deep in rocks that could help provide clues about how life developed on Earth. Orcutt, a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory […]Continue reading "Scientist to discuss microscopic life on sea floor at GSO lecture, March 29"
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 […]Continue reading "GSO oceanographer studies microscopic organisms in world’s oceans"
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"
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"