Global warming may mean big changes to marine ecosystems

As the Earth’s climate continues to warm, what kind of effects will we see in the ocean and the world in general? Seeking the answer to that broad question is one of the reasons scientists from the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are working with an international team of scientists on an experiment in Bergen, Norway.… Read more »


Last Sampling Day – January 30, 2011

Mission almost accomplished!  We made it back out to our ice camp today to collect our third and final set of samples for this trip. I once again dared to ride the sled (and yes with Zac driving) because I wanted to take some video of the trip out there. However, this time I rigged… Read more »


Too Cold To Go – January 24, 2011

Marc Frischer continues his account of the challenges of conducting research during the winter on the north coast of Alaska. Another balmy day in Barrow, as I’m writing it is currently 46 below. Our day started with a meeting of the full logistical support team. The main issue of discussion was how cold it was… Read more »


Stubbins joins Skidaway Institute faculty

Biogeochemist Aron Stubbins has joined the faculty of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography as an assistant professor. Stubbins comes to Skidaway from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. where he was a research assistant professor and assistant director of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium. Stubbins received both his bachelor’s degree in marine biology and… Read more »


Skidaway Institute facility awarded LEED Gold Certification

The Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instructional Center (MCSRIC) at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has been awarded a Gold Level certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council. Completed in mid-2009, the research and laboratory building was designed from the outset to be environmentally friendly. The building’s… Read more »


Raising docks to new heights

Our campus “mock docks” grew a little taller today. The purpose behind this project is to measure the effects different dock designs have on the underlying salt marsh. Earlier research indicated that the shadow cast by docks have a negative effect on the plant growth in the marsh surface in the dock’s “footprint.” Recently, dock… Read more »


Skidaway Institute scientists study Arctic climate change

Climate change will have profound effects on the Arctic ecosystem, and those effects may be felt around the world. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography professor Marc Frischer is launching a three-year project to examine the effects of rising temperatures in the Arctic and how those changes will impact the marine food web. The project is funded… Read more »