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For Zombie Microbes, Deep-Sea Buffet is Just Out of Reach

Far below the ocean floor, sediments are teeming with bizarre zombie-like microbes. Although they’re technically alive, they grow in slow motion, and can take decades for a single cell to divide—something their cousins at the surface do in a matter of minutes. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is beginning to pick apart how they survive by examining their source of “food”—nearby molecules of organic carbon. The study helps further our understanding of the limitations of life on Earth and could help inform how life might exist on other planets.

Emperor Penguins' First Journey to Sea

New research by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues reveals the previously unknown behaviors of juvenile Emperor penguins in their critical early months when they leave their birth colony and first learn how to swim, dive, and find food.

The long memory of the Pacific Ocean

The ocean has a long memory. When the water in today’s deep Pacific Ocean last saw sunlight, Charlemagne was the Holy Roman Emperor, the Song Dynasty ruled China and Oxford University had just held its very first class. During that time, between the 9th and 12th centuries, the earth’s climate was generally warmer before the cold of the Little Ice Age settled in around the 16th century. Now ocean surface temperatures are back on the rise but the question is, do the deepest parts of the ocean know that?

Grants and Projects

MARE/COSEE California has received several new grants to promote Ocean Literacy and to reach even broader audiences!

Youth Experiencing the Ocean, $26,605, 2010-2011 from the California Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant

Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences Network (COSIA Network), $2.8 million, 2009-2013 from National Science Foundation Informal Science Education (ISE)

Museum Educators Reflecting On Practice, $313,843, 2009-2011 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequence for Grades 6-8, $748,811, 2010-2013 from National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Office of Education, Environmental Literacy Grants Program

¡Youth and the Ocean!, $100,000, 2010-2011 from National Science Foundation, Geosciences Directorate

Pacific Ocean Literacy for Youth, Publics, Professionals and Scientists (Polypps), $150,000, 2008-2011 from the National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate Ocean Sciences Division for a “New Collaboration with an Existing Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence