Here at UndertheC, we finally have the answer to the question you’ve always been asking yourself…what is your marine science destiny? When you finally take the plunge and decide to become a marine scientist, what will you research? Take our highly scientific, extensively thought-out quiz below and find out! Charismatic Megafauna: The ocean may in … Continue reading
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From Stingrays to Flatworms: The Evolution of a Perfect Swimming Stroke
This week, another attempt at a comic! The paper it discusses is open access, so check it out for more information (and a heck of a lot more math, if you’re into that sort of thing). Continue reading
Drones from the Deep: How Will Underwater Robots Help Us Learn More About the Ocean?
In the past year or so, the idea of drone robots filling our skies has captured our collective imagination. Drones have already been used for not-so-great things, such as the U.S’s drone strikes, but they have also been used to collect scientific data, in filmmaking, as a part of search and rescue operations, to prevent … Continue reading
Thinking Outside the BOX: Scientists Bring Oxygen Back to Our Oceans
Oxygen is (as you’re all probably aware) important to life on land–but it’s extremely important to marine life as well. Most sea creatures, such as fish, “breathe” water and extract oxygen using their gills. Without oxygenated seawater, the vast majority of life in our oceans, other than phytoplankton and some specially adapted bacteria, would cease … Continue reading
Why Might Warmer Water = Sea Lion Starvation?
Throughout the warm summer morning, I carried crates and boxes up the gangplank of the R/V Melville to the tune of barking sea lions. Stopping to watch them flop across the rocks near the port reminded me that I was no longer in North Carolina, but was about to board an oceanographic research ship in San Diego. … Continue reading
The Marchetti Lab Goes to the Galapagos!
My lab group looks at small stuff–for example, our organisms of choice are microscopic, single-celled plantlike creatures called diatoms. But because gosh darn it that just ain’t small enough, we like to look at the genetic machinery (DNA, RNA, all that jazz) inside those organisms. So a lot of our time is spent in the … Continue reading
Can Whales Give us the Secret to Long Life?
Let me lay some knowledge down on you people–in ancient Rome, the average citizen lived to the ripe age of 24. If I lived back then I’d probably be in the midst of putting my affairs in order and imparting wisdom to my many children, which is frightening because I feel like a functioning adult about … Continue reading
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Graduate Student Edition)
Last year, we brought you 12 Days of Marine Science Graduate Student Christmas. And this year, we’ve tackled the holidays again with our very own remix of a beloved children’s poem (with Christmas gifs, could you ask for more!). Best enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate (or something stronger) and with this playing in … Continue reading
Philae Discovers Life’s Building Blocks on Comet 67C
It amazes me that humans are capable of doing the math to send stuff into outer space (which might say something about my own math skills, if I’m being honest). I’m still impressed that we can land things on the Moon or Mars, so you can imagine my excitement when the European Space Agency landed a probe … Continue reading
Found: Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil?
5 million barrels of oil—794,936,475 liters, equivalent to about 318 olympic swimming pools or about 714,000 inflatable kiddie pools—that’s the official estimate of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s size. And until earlier this week, we had no clue what had happened to 2 million barrels of it. How, you might wonder, do you lose that much oil? … Continue reading