Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Oceans

Research ship Oceanus

Solving an Ocean Mystery »

February 25, 2016

Stanford scientists discover intense ocean turbulence near sea floor in equatorial Pacific. Findings could help explain oceans circulation and improve future climate forecasts.

By Ker Than, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford

A Time for Sea Change »

December 10, 2015

In the lead-up to the Paris climate talks, Center for Ocean Solutions experts explain why reducing carbon dioxide emissions is vital to both human and ocean health.

By Kristen Weiss, Center for Ocean Solutions

Woods Senior Fellow Barbara Block and Charles Farwell of the Monterey Bay Aquarium tag a Pacific bluefin tuna.

Pacific Bluefin Tunas' Favorite Feeding Spots »

September 25, 2015

Woods senior fellow and other scientists devise a new methodology for measuring how and when ocean predators consume prey, and identify the Pacific bluefin's favorite hot spots...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Bluegill fish

Ecological Society of America Showcases Notable Papers  »

August 12, 2015

Stanford researchers among authors honored in centennial issue of largest professional society devoted to ecological science

By Kristen Weiss and Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

White shark near paddleboarder off Huntinghton Beach, Calif.

Shark Attack Risk Way Down »

July 9, 2015

Stanford-led study shows that individual shark attack risk on California coast has dropped by more than 91 percent since 1950; suggests ways to promote safe ocean-going behavior while...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Protecting the Deep Sea: A Call for Balancing Mining and Ecosystem Protection »

July 8, 2015

Researchers propose a strategy for balancing commercial extraction of deep-sea resources with protection of diverse seabed habitats. 

By Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

Bold Solutions for Marine Conservation »

February 11, 2015

Two-thirds of high seas fisheries are depleted or overfished, but technology and political will can reverse the downward trend and move toward sustainability.

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Duck - extinct

Study: Industrial Revolution of the Ocean Threatens Wildlife »

January 16, 2015

In a broad new study, scientists write that patterns of human activity that led to the collapse of land species are now occurring in the sea.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service


Falling Through The Cracks: Story of the Sawfish »

January 13, 2015

Reconstructing the history of an endangered sea creature to save it

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Fishing boat with haul destined for for fish farm in Guangzhou, China

Chinese Aquaculture Could Tip Balance of World Fish Supplies »

January 8, 2015

China's booming aquaculture industry relies increasingly on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish, risking depletion of wild fish stocks and straining fragile ocean ecosystems. A Stanford...

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Warning sign at Imperial Beach, San Diego

Sunny With a Chance of Gastroenteritis »

December 18, 2014

Affordable, easy-to-implement system can provide significantly more accurate information on coastal water contamination to better protect public health

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Salmon shark jumping

Shark Detective Work »

December 15, 2014

Researchers use new tools to understand the lives of salmon sharks, an important apex predator

By Randall Kochevar, Tagging of Pelagic Predators

Groundwater-irrigated field close to beach in Monterey County, Calif.

Mapping Saltwater Threat to Aquifers »

December 8, 2014

Earlier this fall, a team led by Stanford geophysicist Rosemary Knight performed an ambitious experiment to determine the extent of ocean saltwater intrusion into underground freshwater...

By Ker Than, Stanford News Service

underwater flux tower

Some Underwater Waves May Harm Deep-Water Organisms »

December 2, 2014

Voluminous underwater waves can create major decreases in dissolved oxygen in water near the shore

By Glen Martin, Stanford Engineering

 sea urchins

Avoiding Ecosystem Collapse »

November 25, 2014

Three new studies describe concrete actions to prevent or reverse abrupt ecological shifts

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Diver over reef in Belize

Using Science to Open Way to "Blue Economy" »

November 18, 2014

New science and software make Belize coastal zone management plan better for people and the environment

Natural Capital Project

Dry lakebed of California's San Luis reservoir

Western U.S. and Western Australia: Shared Water Challenges »

September 16, 2014

Stanford collaboration with University of Western Australia promotes freshwater and marine solutions

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Environmental Risk and Resilience: A Learning Experience »

September 15, 2014

Innovative online and on-campus course for decision-makers promises unique and valuable learning experience

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Bumphead parrotfish become a threat to living corals when overfishing reduces the shark population.

Scientists Challenge Theory on Protection of Threatened Species »

July 30, 2014

Instead of simply concentrating conservation efforts on threatened species, resource managers and policymakers should consider ecosystem-wide impacts, study's authors write.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Manta rays rely on lagoon habitat for food and safety from predators.

Protecting Lagoons Could Be Key to Saving Manta Rays »

July 7, 2014

Manta rays – graceful, winged marine animals – are in danger of becoming extinct in the wild. But how can we protect animals that range across the open ocean? A recent study funded by the...

By Shara Tonn, Stanford News Service