Marine Life Talks in Southampton – 1 November 2018

Ben Robinson

Exploring the Antarctic Seafloor: why I spent three years on the frozen continent

Little hills have big effect on biodiversity

Foraminiferal species from the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, NE Atlantic (4850 m water depth).

Biological insights to help protect coastlines

 Minsmere, one of the case study locations

The first project to investigate the role of biological processes on the future evolution of the UK coastline is expected to produce valuable insights that will shape coastal protection policy. This project, called BLUE-coast, is led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) alongside nine partner organisations.

Single-celled shelled organisms shed light on ancient hills

Shells of the same Reophax species from the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, NE Atlantic (4850 m water depth)

Fossil foraminifera could be used to identify ancient ‘hilly’ environments on the ocean floor, according to research published in Marine Micropaleontology by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and The University of Southampton.

Long-term observations hold the key to climate change impact assessment

ODAS buoy being deployed

Most ocean data sets are far too short for the accurate detection of trends resulting from global climate change, according to research published today in the journal Global Change Biology.

Omega-3 is vital for a healthy ocean

The Calanus copepod (image: Daniel Mayor)

A new study published this week in Nature Scientific Reports reveals the importance of omega-3 fatty acids for the health of the ocean.

Barnacles help track MH370 debris

Goose barnacles (courtesy: Miguel Charcos Llorens)

The type and size of barnacles on the Malaysian Airways MH370 flight debris could provide clues to the path it took through the Indian Ocean, according to researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

A decade of discovery

Spiny crab

Census of Marine Life reports after ten years of exploration.

During the past ten years deep ocean scientists at the National Oceanography Centre have contributed to the Census of Marine Life report which was published in London this week (

Storming start for SeaWatch SW marine wildlife survey

Bottlenose Dolphins

The 2010 SeaWatch Southwest survey has just begun, with a team of dedicated scientists and volunteer observers braving recent stormy weather to record some of the spectacular marine life around southwest UK. The project is co-ordinated by Dr Russell Wynn of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton.