The search for life in oceans beyond

Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbor some of the most habitable real estate in our Solar System. Life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it! Kevin Hand will explain the science behind why we think we know […]

What’s making waves this week?

Hello all and welcome to the inauguration of Sea Snacks, my blog about marine biology and the science of the seas! I’m starting with what will, unless I forget, become a regular feature: a weekly news roundup. I’ll be covering whatever’s oceanic, scientific and new each week with this fixture. First comes a story about […]

Interview With a Deep Sea Biologist

Dr Brian Bett was interviewed for our Exploring the Deep feature. This is the full transcript of that interview. JC: What is like exploring the deep sea from a personal perspective? BB: In many ways I am a traditional field ecologist, it just happens that my field lies under 3-miles of water. So this means […]

Science Behind the Photo #18

    Coral reefs around the world are rapidly being degraded by a number of human activities including over-fishing, coastal development, and the introduction of sewage fertiliser and sediment. Climate change is also a major cause of coral reef destruction. Coral reefs are often described as “the rainforests of the sea”, as they are home […]

Carbon dioxide takes oceans’ breath away

If rising sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme weather, drought, food shortages and wars over water didn’t have you convinced, here’s one more reason why pumping large quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is a really bad idea. One hundred and twenty million years ago, during the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs like iguanodon roamed the […]

Plight of the Penguins

I realise that our blogs have been somewhat penguin-heavy this week and I can assure you that this was in no way planned (at least not on my behalf). I had originally intended this blog to be about the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. However, faced with the prospect of being branded […]