The Marchetti Lab Goes to the Galapagos!
How do we science? / Podcasts and Videos / Scientists in Action!

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

Film Friday: Parrotfish can bring reefs from “despair to repair” in the fight against algal domination
Marine Preservation / Podcasts and Videos

Film Friday: Parrotfish can bring reefs from “despair to repair” in the fight against algal domination

The International Coral Reef Initiative recently released a report detailing the status of Caribbean coral reefs from 1970-2012. Based on data from 88 location around the Caribbean, the report found that average coral cover declined by over 50% while algal cover is over three times higher. This pair of opposite trends is called a “phase-shift” where the … Continue reading

Film Friday: “Sea Star Wasting Syndrome” causes devastation in starfish populations
Oddities in the Ocean / Podcasts and Videos

Film Friday: “Sea Star Wasting Syndrome” causes devastation in starfish populations

Everyone seems to enjoy imagining what it must be like to have starfish’s limb regeneration capabilities: see earlier post here. But a mystery disease that causes a sea star’s arms to crawl away from each other until the star is literally ripped apart has been increasing in prevalence over the last several years: this video … Continue reading

Energy / Energy, News, and Climate / Podcasts and Videos / Science / Technology

Film Friday: Voith Hydro Tidal Turbine

A really informative imagination of what developing a tidal energy farm would look like. The concept in this video is actually a little revolutionary when compared with their cousins, wind turbines. These tidal turbines are capable of harvesting the energy from tidal currents in both directions as they ebb and flood, in a fairly linear … Continue reading

Film Friday: Restoring East Coast Oysters
Marine Preservation / Podcasts and Videos / Policy

Film Friday: Restoring East Coast Oysters

Things have been a little slow as we ease into summer schedules here at UNdertheC, but check back next week as we resume our regular posting schedule!  Until then, today’s Film Friday ushers in the first official beach weekend of the year with a neat infographics video about oyster restoration.  The video, made by a … Continue reading

Film Friday: “Behind the Scenes” of your local weather report
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Film Friday: “Behind the Scenes” of your local weather report

Here’s some raw footage of one of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) buoy deployments last week. This buoy (and one other just to its north) is managed by UNC Chapel Hill’s marine science department. That’s us! NOAA and the National Weather Service (NWS) are government agencies that monitor and research weather, climatological, and environmental … Continue reading