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WHOI Research Engineer Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

Research Engineer Loral O’Hara was introduced today at Johnson Space Flight Center as a member of NASA’s most recent class of astronauts. O’Hara was one of just 12 to be selected from an applicant pool of more than 18,300—the largest number NASA has ever received.

Finding New Homes Won't Help Emperor Penguins Cope with Climate Change

Unlike other species that migrate successfully to escape the wrath of climate change, a new study shows that dispersal may help sustain global Emperor penguin populations for a limited time, but, as sea ice conditions continue to deteriorate, the 54 colonies that exist today will face devastating declines by the end of this century.

More Frequent Extreme Ocean Warming Could Further Endanger Albatross

As Earth warms due to human-caused climate change, extreme climatic events like heat waves, droughts, and spikes in ocean temperatures have increased and are projected to become even more common by the end of this century. To assess impacts to albatrosses, Jenouvrier and her coauthors examined sea surface temperature data and records of extreme warming events since 1978 on albatrosses breeding at Kerguelen Island.

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