Species ‘Rafting’ via Marine Debris from Japanese Tsunami

By Cynthia Drummond | Courtesy of Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — Stored in a laboratory in Mystic are hundreds of species that traveled across the sea all the way from Japan to North America by hitching a ride on debris from the catastrophic tsunami of 2011. James T. Carlton, professor of marine sciences emeritus at the
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Tell Me a Story: Redesigning Oakland Beach

“The students get exposure to the residents and stakeholders and decision makers at the local level and … to the challenges and problems that real decision makers face in moving forward with these design ideas.”

Coastal State Discussion FEB 11: Bioinvasions via Japanese Tsunami

Coming to America |The Biology of Marine Debris from the Japanese Tsunami  The Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011 ejected a vast debris field into the North Pacific Ocean that began drifting toward North America and Hawaii. This allowed, for the first time, to track and study how invasive species may be transported over long distances
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A Tale of Two Homes

Program helps make coastal residences more FORTIFIED against storm damage While many home buyers are drawn to living in coastal areas, that choice comes with certain risks. For many Rhode Island home and business owners, the issue of protecting their buildings from the elements is something that must be taken into consideration as a fact
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Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Absorbing Carbon Emissions

Research cruise tests new technologies As humans continue burning fossil fuels, much of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere eventually makes its way into the ocean. This past fall, the University of Rhode Island research vessel R/V Endeavor embarked on a week-long cruise on which scientists undertook research designed to help them better understand how
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Announcing “Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History”

When I go shellfishing, I feel like when I’m gardening — being part of the soil and the earth and connected to nature — but it’s something unique to Rhode Island … And I can feel what it might have been like a couple hundred years ago doing the same thing. Stories like those of Providence resident Jaime Dice,
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New Federal Budget Gives Nod to the Oceans

THE HEALTH OF THE NATION’S OCEANS AND COASTS has been one of the primary concerns of Rhode Island’s Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. To provide adequate funding to address those issues, Whitehouse first introduced the National Endowment Act in 2010, along with Senator Jean Snowe, which was designed to enhance America’s coastal and ocean resources through protection, research,
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Tracking Sand: Scientist researches sea level rise, erosion in RI

As global climate change increasingly becomes an issue of international political concern, a URI scientist is conducting research to better understand the effects of climate change and sea level rise here in Rhode Island. Part of the work of John King, professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO),
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2016 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships Open in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce that the Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship (NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004722) and Marine Resource Economics Fellowship (NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004720) are now listed on The award amount for both fellowships is $46,000 per year.Deadlines Student applications are due to the state Sea Grant office no later than January 29, 5:00 pm local
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Zoe Gentes

URI Oceanography Graduate Selected for NOAA Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellowship

  Zoe Gentes, a San Diego native who earned two degrees in geological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, has been named a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, enabling her to spend a year working on ocean policy issues in Washington, D.C., next year. Gentes is among 55 students from across the country
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