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science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment


Map of circulation flows
February 22, 2016

The findings could help solve an outstanding mystery about the global ocean conveyor belt and improve future climate forecasts.

Green hills
February 16, 2016

 Analysis of ancient seabed rocks from disparate locations reveal that life did not rebound until anoxia had fully ebbed.

January 4, 2016

Stanford Earth's Cassandra Brooks contributed footage to a new interactive David Attenborough project about the Great Barrier Reef. Brook's video shows the effects of ocean acifidification on the limestone skeleton of a sand dollar.

November 5, 2015

Cassandra Brooks is hopeful that a Southern Ocean Marine Protected Area can be created that will protect Anarctic wildlife, including the Adélie penguins for which her daughter is named. 

October 21, 2015

Some countries argue that setting up marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean would interfere with their right to “rational use” of natural resources.

September 4, 2015

A new study by PhD students Matthew Winnick and Jeremy Caves suggests that today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.

Rain over San Francisco, photo by Brocken Inaglory
August 21, 2015

This year's El Niño might be one of the strongest on record. Stanford Earth PhD candidate Daniel Swain discusses what to expect in California.

Scientists on a zodiac in West Antarctic Peninsula
August 11, 2015

New Stanford Earth research reveals that large areas of open water in the Southern Ocean are benefiting phytoplankton blooms that help support the Antarctic food chain and mitigate the effects of climate change.

March 4, 2015

New research by Jonathan Payne's lab refutes a hypothesis by the famed evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould that marine creatures underwent an “early burst” of functional diversity during the dawn of animal life.

February 10, 2015

Two-thirds of high seas fisheries are depleted or overfished, with impacts of climate change and marine pollution compounding the problem. Technology and political will can reverse the downward trend and move toward sustainability.

January 8, 2015

A new study by Roz Naylor and postdoctoral scholar Ling Cao offers the clearest picture to date of China’s enormous impact on wild fisheries. The study also presents a more sustainable alternative to the current practice of using wild-caught fish to feed farm-raised fish.