Can local-scale monitoring on mass mortalities and population dynamics of gorgonians contribute to the conservation of sub-littoral benthic Mediterranean communities?

submitted by: María_Segovia
Over the last few decades, marine ecosistems are not inmune to global warming and mass mortalities have been reported in a broad range of marine taxa. In the North-western Mediterranean region, for example, white gorgonian populations have experienced recent mass mortalities resulting in the loss of more than 50% in density and biomass. The white gorgonian, Eunicella singularis, is a colonial, sessile cnidarian which displays large long-lived structures that significantly shapes the habitat.

Galapagos of the North!” Biodiversity of Alaska's Pribilof Island Domain

submitted by: Danielle_Merculief
Few places on earth exhibit the abundance of natural wonders found in marine waters of Alaska’s Pribilof  Domain, thus the Pribilof Archipelago  has been called the “Galapagos of the North”.  The idyllic Bering Sea oceanography mixes Pacific currents upwelled through canyons meeting the Arctic cold pool – creating a uniquely enriched, protected habitat for the northern hemisphere’s largest seabird colonies.  More than two million seabirds nest on the towering volcanic cliffs of...

E-CO2 School Lab: a new virtual tool for science-teaching

submitted by: Fulvia_Bradassi

Experimental approach is widely recognized to be the most effective method in science teaching, but luck of time and funds sometimes prevent its application.

DNA barcoding of the North Sea zooplankton: Biodiversity assessment by a molecular taxonomic interpretation

submitted by: Inga_Mohrbeck
Marine zooplankton populations have the potential to respond to and reflect event-scale as well as seasonal changes in marine environmental conditions. Thus these extremely diverse organisms represent excellent "model organisms" for monitoring aquatic ecosystems. In order to understand shifts in the North Sea zooplankton community, valid species identification is indispensable. However, until now, the study of zooplankton is a demanding and time-consuming work and the traditional way of...

Biodiversity of the manganese nodule belt within the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone, northeast equatorial Pacific: Preliminary results of the expedition SO-205 MANGAN

submitted by: Annika_Tiltack

The aim of the R/V Sonne cruise SO-205 in April/May 2010 was the eastern part of the German license area for exploration of polymetallic nodules in the northeast equatorial Pacific Ocean (Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone). Within the scope of the multidisciplinary project MANGAN the research institute Senckenberg am Meer aims to characterize the benthic community in terms of community composition, standing crops and biodiversity.

An integrated ecosystem approach to the sustainable use of European Regional Seas.

submitted by: Rebecca_Koss

Marine ecosystems provide numerous ecosystem goods and services (EGS) beneficial for the global human population. Yet, they are highly threatened, facing resource depletion and ecological impacts from anthropogenic activities over the past century. The European Union introduced the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) to promote the sustainable use of marine EGS.