01 Aug 2023 | 32
With 2023 on track to be the hottest year on record, scientists are working to understand and predict how these extreme temperatures will affect marine life.
10 Jul 2023 | 46
The CPR Data Infrastructure Project will enable rapid and accurate data entry, analysis, visualisation and publication using global standards for marine biological data.
01 May 2023 | 124
Opportunity for a technical partner to create cloud-based data management and publication solution
11 Apr 2023 | 114
Significant changes in plankton abundance and seasonality due to global climate change could alter the biological carbon pump in the ocean, according to new research.
23 Mar 2023 | 116
Using historical abundance data from the CPR Survey from 1958 to 2018, the team assessed plankton composition in terms of functional traits associated with regime shifts which took place in the 1980s and 1996 to 2003.
One of the most intriguing results of this work was a relative lack of change in the functional traits of plankton during the 1980s regime shift, despite the clear detection of the event using a variety of other metrics.
The results also showed the functional traits of plankton across the whole North Sea changed more after the 1996-2003 regime shift, compared to the 1980s shift.
Previous works using different metrics indicated that the two regime shifts were events of similar importance, which differs from the results of this paper.
06 Feb 2023 | 159
In this study, researchers analysed key responses of zooplankton to ocean warming, shifts in phenology (study of seasonal changes in the life cycles of plants and animals from year to year), range, body size and other variables.
The results revealed there are key knowledge and geographic gaps in monitoring coverage that need to be urgently addressed; and integrating modern and traditional techniques for improved plankton observation could help predict future scenarios under global changes.
05 Jan 2023 | 118
Plankton may offer a way to monitor historical marine pollution trends, and could be used to predict trends in human health, according to new research.
15 Nov 2022 | 141
Scientists have discovered that the heating up of the North Atlantic is causing plankton to shift and change in abundance, indicating a threat to the earth’s climate.
31 Oct 2022 | 83
Research Fellow and coordinator of the Pacific Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey, Dr Clare Ostle, represented the CPR Survey at The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) marine research meeting.
Held this year in Busan, South Korea, PICES is a crucial meeting in order to share the latest in North Pacific marine research. PICES is an intergovernmental organisation whose aims are;
To promote and coordinate research in the North Pacific.
Advance scientific knowledge of the ocean environment, and its ecosystems and impacts.
Promote the exchange of scientific research and information on these subjects.
As coordinator of the Pacific CPR survey, Clare attended the meeting to present some of CPR’s recent research on potentially harmful microbes and algae found on our CPR new routes in the Bering Sea and Arctic. This important work has been carried out using molecular techniques developed by Dr Rowena Stern and Hannah Robinson, alongside regular CPR sampling.
“It was great to see people again and have those face to face discussions and chats about our work that are very difficult to do online.”
18 Oct 2022 | 116
The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has been awarded £400,000, which will improve its research facilities, reinforcing its position as leaders in marine science.
Trustees from the Garfield Weston Foundation have awarded a grant of £400,000 towards the first phase of the refurbishment and redevelopment project at the MBA’s HQ at Citadel Hill, Plymouth.
01 Jun 2022 | 153
Alister Hardy is known among plankton researchers for developing and employing his Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR). Hardy used the first version of the CPR during the 1925–1927 Discovery Expedition to the Southern Ocean. However, while the CPR is well known, many plankton researchers today are likely unfamiliar with the story of its genesis and its precursors, as well as the full breadth of Hardy’s contributions to plankton research. As the CPR studies of Hardy have received substantial attention, CPR development and the early surveys will be but briefly covered. The following account is based on both Marshall’s biographical Memoire of Hardy (Marshall, 1986) and Hardy’s articles and books.
22 Nov 2021 | 92
Leading the way in laboratory sustainability; first marine biology institute in UK with LEAF accreditation.
04 Nov 2021 | 90
Scientists call on COP26 leaders to listen to the ocean in order to meet climate goals
01 Oct 2021 | 119
Celebrating 90 years of the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey
31 Dec 2020 | 151
Seventeen times to the moon and back – we’ve set the record for the greatest distance sampled by a marine survey!
06 Jan 2020 | 133
Celebrating 60 years of CPR data
04 May 2018 | 616
Greater synergies and influence for UK environmental science
06 Mar 2018 | 396
Dr Therese Coffey, the Minister for Environment tours SAHFOS
29 Jan 2018 | 405
SAHFOS analyst, Martina Brunetta, attends the 1st EUROBUS working group meeting at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn of Naples, to discuss the recent European invasion of the copepod Pseudodiaptomus marinus
29 Jan 2018 | 401
SAHFOS data and research highlighted as part of NASA Image of the Day
22 Jan 2018 | 342
What a great 12 months of plankton!
15 Jan 2018 | 335
Plankton indicators show us more than just plankton
02 Nov 2017 | 462
The Ocean Plastic Lab exhibition, featuring SAHFOS and the CPR Survey is now touring the G7 countries, with the aim of increasing engagement on the issue of plastics in the world's oceans.
16 Oct 2017 | 505
Selected by NERC, the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) has been chosen, as part of a new ‘BLUEPRINT' consortium, to build capacity in public engagement with environmental research across the UK.
09 Aug 2017 | 579
A re-modelled indicator originally used by Sir Alister Hardy to collect plankton is to be used by the all-female eXXpedition crew to collect ocean plastic pollution samples on their Round Britain voyage
03 Aug 2017 | 401
Innovate UK provides funding for collaboration (including SAHFOS) to develop the first early deduction system to locate invasive non-native species and other harmful components of ships' ballast water
28 Jul 2017 | 425
SAHFOS contributes to a major new publication by the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) which demonstrates the important effects climate change is having on UK seas and coastlines.
24 Jul 2017 | 377
Learn more about the wide-ranging impacts and activities completed by SAHFOS in 2016. Our latest Annual Report is now available.
17 Jun 2017 | 412
SAHFOS researchers are trialling the new FlowCam Macro as part of their involvement with the EU project AtlantOs.
02 Jun 2017 | 348
Special session on ocean observing systems at MASTS
01 Jun 2017 | 644
New study highlights the importance of long-term ecological monitoring programs
15 May 2017 | 555
The hidden world of giant viruses discovered in seawater
11 Apr 2017 | 342
The journal, Global Change Biology (GCB), has announced a paper, lead by SAHFOS Researcher Professor Chris Reid, was one of their most downloaded in 2016.
07 Apr 2017 | 261
Scientists from two of Plymouth’s leading marine science institutes host 2 days of events for children
08 Jul 2016 | 403
Climate change is already reshuffling the UK’s wildlife calendar, and it’s likely this will continue into the future
04 Apr 2016 | 390
The 2015 Annual Report is out now. As a showcase of the quantity of research, analysis and projects that have been completed, there are a number of diverse articles inside.
24 Nov 2015 | 482
"We demonstrate, based on 72 long time series, that a major change took place in the world centred on 1987 that involved a step change and move to a new regime in a wide range of Earth systems," said Professor Reid.
31 Jul 2015 | 574
SAHFOS appoints dynamic new Director SAHFOS, one of the world’s most respected marine science organisations, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Willie Wilson as its new Director from 1st September 2015. The appointment was made after an international search and selection process.
06 Jul 2015 | 318
After several years of being cooler than average, the waters of the NE Pacific have been heating up recently. Whitney (2015) reported spring temperatures deviating 3.5 standard deviations from the long-term mean in the oceanic waters of the NE Pacific, covering the transition zone just south of where the CPR transects run.
03 Jun 2015 | 433
When global warming rises above the dangerous threshold of 2°C, between 50 and 70% of the global ocean may experience a change in marine biodiversity.
12 Nov 2014 | 330
SAHFOS has been awarded £396,095 to equip its fleet of Continuous Plankton Recorders (CPRs) with state-of-the-art environment sensors that will measure water temperature, salinity, chlorophyll fluorescence, pH and pCO2.
28 Oct 2014 | 362
Brittany Ferries kindly tow the CPR once a month on the Roscoff to Plymouth route. The CPR on this route is fitted with a water sampler that collects samples for DNA analysis.
08 Sep 2014 | 305
Our Annual Report is now available to read.
11 Aug 2014 | 274
Our Ecological status report is now available to view online.
04 Jun 2014 | 404
In the wake of a controversial iron fertilisation 'experiment' off the coast of Canada, plankton scientists have noted a higher than average abundance of copepods - crustaceans that form an important food source for many marine creatures higher up food chains, including fish.
01 Jun 2014 | 293
The Challenger Conference for Marine Science is taking place on Monday, September 08, 2014
01 Jun 2014 | 293
SAHFOS together with AWI is organising a summer school on time series analysis, as a tool to assess the ecological and societal implications of climate change.
01 May 2014 | 272
Research output from SAHFOS scientists is now available in a new open access repository, the Plymouth Marine Science Electronic Archive (PlyMSEA), which is shared by SAHFOS partners - the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).
02 Apr 2014 | 397
Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II published their first update in seven years on the scale of impacts, adaptations and vulnerabilities to climate change.