FLIP is towed to its operating area in the horizontal position and through ballast changes is “flipped” to the vertical position to become a stable spar buoy with a draft of 300 feet. Photo from MPL. FLIP, the Floating Instrument Platform, is towed to an area in a horizontal position and through changing the ballast . . . → Read More: Flip Ship Photoshop Battle
I’ve been mostly absent from the internets lately (with the exception of my very favorite procrastination method, Twitter), but I have 250 pages of a really good excuse. I’ll be defending my doctoral dissertation on 29 November in San Diego. It’s open to the public, so anyone in the area is invited to come on . . . → Read More: Invitation to my doctoral defense
Looking for vicarious adventure? Check out two new expedition blogs, both of which are underway right now! The Tonga Trench Expedition team The Tonga Trench Expedition is a Scripps Institution of Oceanography student cruise, led by Scripps graduate student/chief scientist Rosa Leon Zayas. (and if anyone out there is looking for a kick-ass female Latina . . . → Read More: Two new expedition blogs: super deep South Pacific and super cold Antarctica
If you were at the beach in San Diego this weekend, especially off La Jolla Shores, you might have seen streaks of green sea foam. Here’s a stunning photo of the foam off Scripps pier, taken by Eddie Kisfaludy from a small plane 1,500 feet above the ocean. Streaks of green foam (Tetraselmis spp.) off . . . → Read More: What is the green sea foam off La Jolla Shores (San Diego)?
View from Scripps library, by daniel_clark I’m disappointed to report that the Scripps Institution of Oceanography library will shut down this summer. After I reported the library’s potential closure last year, many of you express shock and dismay at losing this amazing resource – but unfortunately California’s budget woes have triumphed. From Mike Lee’s article . . . → Read More: Scripps oceanographic library will shut down
GET IN MAH BELLY! These huge predatory dinoflagellates have consumed smaller bioluminescent dinoflagellates. The red tide that has lit San Diego for several weeks is ending in a microscopic bloodbath. The above photo was taken by Linsey Sala, the manager of the Pelagic Invertebrates Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She writes: This image was . . . → Read More: San Diego red tide eaten alive by single-celled predator
Dr. Peter Franks This is a guest post modified from two emails by professor of biological oceanography Peter Franks, reprinted here with his permission. Peter is a phytoplankton ecologist who studies how the physical processes in the ocean influence the growth and distribution patterns of phytoplankton, so he’s often the go-to guy on red tides. . . . → Read More: The San Diego red tide: FAQ from Scripps professor Dr. Peter Franks
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the Scripps library being closed due to budget problems. Nothing’s changed with the budget situation, but many people at Scripps and in the science community as a whole are working to mitigate this sad situation. Here’s the updates: Scripps library director Peter Bruggeman commented on my previous post . . . → Read More: Scripps library update
View from Scripps library, by daniel_clark California is broke, largely thanks to incompetent stewardship and Proposition 13, which limits the amount of income the state can bring in from property taxes. Education in particular is being heavily cut – and this is hitting close to home for me personally as well as the oceanography . . . → Read More: Budget problems may force Scripps oceanography library to close
DSN will be featuring some guest posts from Danny Richter – A Ph.D Student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego studying diatoms stems from an interest in their potential to affect global biogeochemical cycles, and ultimately the climate. He is active in attempting to influence national climate policy by lobbying in . . . → Read More: Where’s the Ocean Love?