Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/16/2019 - 10:27
Ocean Leadership ~ The Program The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction). PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $68,567. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work. Project Title Phytoplankton as bio-sensors for monitoring ocean health Your Challenge Due to their ubiquity in aquatic systems, phytoplankton are becoming organisms of choice for developing bio-sensors and models to monitor and predict ocean health and the impact of human activities on the marine environment. Indeed, phytoplankton populations continuously evolve and adapt to their surrounding environment, and can therefore be employed as valuable diagnostic tools if we can better measure, characterize and understand the short- and long-term responses of these microbial communities to environmental stressors, including pollution events. NRC is seeking a PDF researcher to lead the identification and characterization of phytoplankton species that decline or proliferate in response to petroleum oil exposure and develop DNA-based markers for informative species so that they may be quantified in situ in the ocean environment. Based on the emerging field of environmental DNA (eDNA) and new sequencing technology platforms, various sampling techniques and bio-sensing methodologies will be developed and assessed for the collection of real-time data from the marine environment. Click here for more information and to apply.  The post Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Genomics, National Research Council of Canada (May 22) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
04/16/2019 - 10:00
Handwritten journals from 50s show how plastic problem has grown to global emergency A trove of data showing when the Atlantic began choking with plastic has been uncovered in the handwritten logbooks of a little-known but doggedly persistent plankton study dating back to the middle of the last century. From fishing twine found in the ocean in the 50s, then a first carrier bag in 1965, it reflects how the marine refuse problem grew from small, largely ignored incidents to become a matter of global concern. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 09:58
Ocean Leadership ~ This position serves as the principal policy expert regarding Marine Protected Species (MPS) enforcement for the Coast Guard. Responsible for program direction, oversight, administration, resource planning, technical leadership and execution of the MPS enforcement program within the Coast Guard. Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include: Establishing, developing and overseeing long-term national regional partnerships and cooperative agreements for living marine resource enforcement with other Federal agencies, international organizations, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, industry and research institutions. Developing and distributing national policy, standards and specifications for the MPS enforcement program. Providing technical and advisory assistance and direction to, and participates with other high-ranking ocean resource managers and specialist in, developing national inter-agency Marine Protected Species (MPS) enforcement policies and conservation and management plans. Serving as the program liaison to international organizations, state and local governments, non-government organizations, industry, research institutions, and state organizations. Click here to find out more information and apply. The post Marine Protected Species Manager, U.S. Coast Guard (Apr. 29) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
04/16/2019 - 05:34
Physics head dismissed after criticising scientific research about climate change impact on the Great Barrier Reef James Cook University is considering its legal options after the federal circuit court ruled it had unlawfully sacked a professor who had criticised scientific research about the climate change impact on the Great Barrier Reef. Peter Ridd, who was the head of the physics department at the institution from 2009 until 2016, took legal action against his dismissal. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 05:00
As bird is found with large amounts of lead in its body, a biologist asks ‘Is Yellowstone as protected as we once thought?’ The pioneering golden eagle took to the skies above Yellowstone national park in the fall and flew north, to areas where humans were hunting game. A few months later it returned to the park and was found on the ground, dead. Scientists performing a necropsy on the creature, the first to be tagged with a radio transmitter in the park, made an unhappy discovery: it had been poisoned by lead. They are now raising concerns over whether US national parks are as safe for wildlife as they seem. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 02:14
Extinction Rebellion protesters continue action after more than 100 arrested overnight Police have moved in again to begin arresting climate activists blocking Waterloo Bridge in central London. Hundreds of people had occupied the crossing and three other sites in central London since Monday morning. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 01:00
Garret Graves has seen the damage at home in Louisiana – but don’t expect him to embrace the Green New Deal As the top Republican on a congressional climate change committee, Louisiana’s Garret Graves is a surprising pick. Other Republicans on the Democrat-initiated panel have publicly doubted climate change science. Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax and the party as a whole is seen by many as an obstacle to tackling climate change. But not Graves. The third-term lawmaker sees rising temperatures as a direct and urgent threat to his state and district, which stretches from the capital, Baton Rouge, to the Gulf coast. He acknowledges fossils fuels are heating the planet, though he thinks Democrats’ plans to quickly shift away from them are unrealistic, and he hasn’t yet offered alternative proposals of his own. Continue reading...
04/15/2019 - 14:00
Scientists study species that releases huge quantities of bodily fluids to plug nest holes While humans might change their locks to deal with intruders, a species of aphid opts for a communal sacrifice, releasing huge quantities of a sticky bodily fluid to plug holes in their nests. Researchers who studied the makeup of the fluid found the process for nest repair was similar to what happens when aphids are wounded, involving the release of substances that clot and form a scab. This means similar mechanisms underpin both individual immunity and so-called social immunity – when organisms work together to protect their communities from enemies and disease. Continue reading...
04/15/2019 - 13:00
Exclusive: Green group’s intervention seen as a hurry up to Labor, which is yet to produce its final policy An influential green group is seeking concrete commitments from the major parties and potential crossbenchers for an overhaul of environmental protection laws and the establishment of new independent regulatory agencies, before Australians cast their votes on 18 May. Lyndon Schneiders, the national campaigns director of the Wilderness Society, wrote widely to politicians on Monday seeking agreement to an ambitious legislative and regulatory overhaul – but the hurry up is directed predominantly at Labor, which has offered an in-principle commitment but has not yet produced a final policy, and the people likely to form the crossbench in the next parliament. Continue reading...
04/15/2019 - 10:00
Study finds even supposedly pristine region of the Pyrenees is polluted, but impact on human health remains unknown Microplastic is raining down on even remote mountaintops, a new study has revealed, with winds having the capacity to carry the pollution “anywhere and everywhere”. The scientists were astounded by the quantities of microplastic falling from the sky in a supposedly pristine place such as the French stretch of the Pyrenees mountains. Researchers are now finding microplastics everywhere they look; in rivers, the deepest oceans and soils around the world. Continue reading...