Dreaming of a digital ocean

The Earth, the Blue planet, is so called because its largest biotope is a vast and deep intertwined blue expanse of salted oceans and seas. This liquid is filled with trillions of living organisms that are mostly invisible to the naked eye. These life forms have allowed us to breathe and to conquer terrestrial habitats. They are our ancestors, the rocks we use to build our homes, the oils we use to fuel our society, the food we eat (or the food of our food), and they may also hold the key to a healthy future for our planet in these troubling times of climate change.

Author:
Eric Röttinger, Aldine R. Amiel, Noan Le Bescot, Luis Gutierrez-Heredia, Peter Flood and Emmanuel G. Reynaud
Category:
technology
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Biodiversity
Citizen science
Silvia Earle submersible record

Planet earth's blue heart

Sylvia Earle and Dan Lafolley provide insights into the problems our blue planet faces, and offer big ideas about what we can do to help.

Author:
Sylvia Earle and Dan Lafolley
Category:
Climate change & Ocean acidification
technology

Evidence: the key to local marine conservation

The Intertidal Discovery project has completed the first ever baseline survey of intertidal habitats for conservation and public benefit along the coast of north Cornwall, England. Martin Goodall explains the background to this work.
Author:
Martin Goodall
Category:
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
technology

Refugia in the ‘twilight zone’: discoveries from the Philippines

Author:
Sonia J. Rowley
Category:
Biodiversity
technology
Habitat protection and loss
Taxonomy

From the crows nest

A leading researcher takes a look at the challenges and opportunities in marine biology. In issue 1, Professor Colin Brownlee writes
Author:
Professor Colin Brownlee is the Director of the Marine Biological Association
Category:
Biogeochemical cycling
Invasive non-native species
Pharmaceutical applications
Marine microbes
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Genetics and molecular research
technology
Red Sea

Seeking the fountain of youth in the twilight zone

Recent technological advances have led to a dizzying diversity of research possibilities, one of which is anti-ageing exploration. This article describes the process of extraction, discovery and testing of anti-ageing compounds from invertebrates found in the mesophotic zone.

Author:
Jamal Ouazzani, Yehuda Benayahu and Ioannis Trougakos.
Category:
Biodiversity
technology
Pharmaceutical applications
killer whales 2

The killer whales of the North Atlantic

Our understanding of killer whale ecology and evolution has come a long way in the last 25 years, but, as Andrew Foote and colleagues explain, there are still many gaps in our knowledge.
Author:
Andrew Foote, Sanna Kuningas and Filipa I. P. Samarra
Category:
Megafauna
technology
Genetics and molecular research