Farallon Institute News
Ocean upwelling becoming more intense with climate change, new Farallon Institute research reveals
July 4, 2014
An international team of scientists, led by Farallon Institute President Dr. Bill Sydeman, has shown that winds that cause coastal upwelling off the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa have increased over the past 60 years, indicating a global pattern of change. The study was published in the journal Science; additional information can be found in the press release and on the Farallon Institute Pelican Brief blog.
An additional article about this research can be found in the Los Angeles Times.
FI Scientist Pete Davison appears on KCRW program To the Point
July 2, 2014
Pete Davison appeared on KCRW's July 2nd episode of To the Point to discuss the presence of microplastics in the ocean. Pete explains the expectations and results of a recent study that found less plastic in the ocean than was expected and possible reasons why those plastics weren't detected. He also discusses the disintegration of plastics into small fragments, the consumption of plastic particles by animals, and toxicity of plastics to organisms.
New Facebook page and the Pelican Brief blog
July 17, 2013
Like us on Facebook to receive updates on our latest activities, including photos and links to our newly-created blog. The goal of our Facebook page is to create a network of supporters, both personal and professional, and to broadcast our message on a current and accessible platform.
The Pelican Brief is a blog designed for general audiences (managers, policy-makers, and informed members of the public) where we give summaries (briefs) of recent research papers involving Farallon Institute researchers. The name refers to the iconic California Brown Pelican, a once-endangered species in the California Current marine ecosystem which has recovered from chemical contamination of its primary food sources. The mission of Pelican Brief is to facilitate communication of scientific research to general audiences and in doing so provide a bridge to decision-makers and other interested parties.
Second FI Science paper recommends saving "one-third for the birds"
An international group of scientists including FI President Bill Sydeman has shown that seabirds begin to suffer when the food available for them in the ocean declines below a critical level. This level is approximately one-third of the maximum amount of food available, wherever they happen to be in the world. The study focused on seabirds that feed mainly on small fish such as sardines, anchovies and sandeels. These are often key species in marine ecosystems that are often also exploited by humans, resulting in competition between fisheries and seabirds. Read more...
FI paper in Science on how climate change affects marine life
Dr. Bill Sydeman has co-authored a new study published today in the journal Science, which finds that life in the seas is likely to be affected by climate change as much or more than life on land. The study also provides evidence that some of the most diverse marine ecosystems may be particularly vulnerable to risks from ocean warming. An accompanying press release is also available.