John Dabiri, Stephen Monosmith, Jeff Koseff and graduate students have studied how brine shrimp move in the lab to better understand the impact plankton and organisms like krill have on ocean waters. It turns out, when tiny organisms move en masse, they churn the water more than expected and might be critical to ocean dynamics.

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Scientists including paleontologist Jonathan Payne examined extreme transitions in habitat to determine marine mammals have more constrained body sizes when compared with their closest living relatives on land, debunking previous theories about the ocean dwellers. Appearing in PNAS.

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The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) co-hosted a workshop this month alongside the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). The workshop, “Managing Palau’s Fisheries and Ensuring Food Security in the Face of Multiple Stressors: Research and Action Needs," aimed to identify risks, interventions and critical research needs relating to Palau's marine resources, fisheries and food security. This collaboration builds upon the existing relationship between key Palauan leaders and Stanford University.

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Fran Ulmer, the Cox Visiting Professor at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, spoke recently about the Arctic and its under-appreciated connections to the lives of people around the world. Read on to learn about the region's growing importance for global climate, trade and geopolitics.

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Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education (MARINE)’s 9th Annual Oceans Colloquium: Rising Ocean Leaders

The 2018 Oceans Colloquium was a conference-style event held on April 15th at Moss Landing Marine Labs and it focused on improving science and policy communication and presentation skills. The colloquium provided participants with the opportunity to develop and practice effective communication skills, while sharing their ocean-related work and interests in diverse and engaging ways.

The Colloquium had a diverse set of activities, including:


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The World Economic Forum and Stanford University seek a Hoffmann Fellow for a two-year joint appointment. The Fellow will be based jointly in the Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (“C4IR”) in San Francisco, California, which is dedicated to addressing the possibilities and challenges posed by the explosion of technological innovation – from AI to biotechnology, and Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions (“COS”), which is focused on spurring innovation to sustain the resilience of the ocean and the people who depend on it.

The Fellow will work with Forum partners and Stanford faculty on initiatives to harness the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water. The Fellow’s primary role will be to lead projects developing applications of new and emerging technology to address ocean challenges. They will also help organize an annual conference that brings together leaders, experts and innovators to find new opportunities.

Deadline for applying is April 6th, 2018.

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As the planet warms, the Arctic is warming more than twice as fast. As ice cover is disappearing, average summer sea ice has declined by more than a third since 1979. That’s roughly equal to the entire area of the Western U.S.

This means more than rising sea levels and troubled polar bears. It is also shifting global trade routes and altering the balance of power between countries surrounding the Arctic. KQED's Brian Watt spoke about this with Fran Ulmer, chair of the United States Arctic Research Commission and a visiting professor at Stanford University.

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Check out what Stanford experts have to say about offshore drilling in California. Coastal water quality expert Alexandria Boehm and environmental law expert Deborah Sivas share their perspectives on the value of California’s coastal environment, the risks policymakers should consider as they evaluate areas for offshore drilling and other related issues.

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The teaching fellowship is a 13 month program aimed at developing excellence in the experiential teaching and learning of design thinking as related to critical interdisciplinary challenges. In 2018-2019, the fellowship will be co-hosted with Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions. 

The is looking for fellows that either have deep experience in design or an expertise in ocean science, policy, or the larger landscape of ecosystem health. This cohort of designer and ocean experts will work together to develop new content, courses, and opportunities at the intersection of design and the oceans. 

Fellows may come from either inside or outside the Stanford community. A master's degree and some work experience is required. The is looking for individuals that have excelled in their domain of expertise and are extremely excited about exploring the overlaps between these two disciplines. No prior cross-over experience between design and the oceans is necessary. 

Fellows will be expected to work in small groups as well as individually, and should equally love a high degree of autonomy, as well as continuous collaboration and feedback from peers and the larger community. 

If interested, please apply by Friday, April 8, 2018 @ 11:59pm. You can apply here>



New Paper in Science Advances by Stanford Researchers Francesco Ferretti and Barbara Block highlighting a unique approach using integrative and historical analysis to understand large marine ecosytems currently referred to as pristine environments.

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