New insights into biodiversity hotspots could help protect them from potential deep-sea mining

Red soft corals

New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining.

New study shows the importance of jellyfish falls to deep-sea ecosystems

Periphylla periphylla being eaten by squat lobsters (Munida tenuimana)

Innovative experiments carried out by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and abroad show that dead jellyfish contribute to the deep-sea food chain, unlike previously thought.

New IPCC climate projections: Implications for marine ecosystems

Both shallow and deep-sea habitats will be affected by climate change (credit: NOAA HURL Archives)

An ambitious new study describes how changes in ocean properties – predicted by models developed for the latest IPCC report – may adversely impact marine ecosystems and human populations reliant on ocean productivity.

Jellyfish experts show increased blooms are a consequence of periodic global fluctuations

Giant Jellyfish clogging fishing nets in Japan (courtesy of Dr Shin-ichi Uye)

Scientists have cast doubt on the widely held perception that there has been a global increase in jellyfish.

Coral researcher recognised with prestigious award

Bleached corals (Porites sp.) in the Persian / Arabian Gulf (courtesy of Jörg Wiedenmann)

Research into a process that is threatening to wipe out coral reefs, by a scientist at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, has been recognised with a prestigious award worth 1.29 million euros.