Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Oceans

Fishing vessels moored in Dalian, China.

Fishing's Global Footprint »

February 22, 2018

Satellite data from thousands of high seas fishing vessels over four years illuminate global fishing’s scope and pattern – down to single vessels and hourly activity – and hold...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


How Will Small-Scale Fisheries Fare in a Changing Climate? »

February 14, 2018

Rising seas pose a near-term threat to Pacific island communities who rely on marine populations for food and industry. Larry Crowder and Elena Finkbeiner discuss how these...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

video screen grab of coral and diver

Learning Through Fieldwork on Pacific Coral Reefs »

January 24, 2018

Explore coral reefs of Palau with Stanford undergraduates taught by Woods senior fellows.

By Danielle Torrent Tucker, Stanford News Service

New Research at AGU 2017 »

December 8, 2017

Woods fellows, affiliates, students, and researchers join scientists from across the nation and the world at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Fish in the waters of Palmyra Atoll

Loss of Protections for Marine Sanctuaries Would Threaten Environment and Fisheries »

November 9, 2017

Federal regulators have indicated they may open some marine national monuments to commercial fishing. Researchers who have studied these and adjacent areas discuss their value and the...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A coral reef outside of Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Can Corals Adapt to Climate Change? »

November 1, 2017

Corals can persist if nations control emissions, new research shows.

By Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News and Media Relations

Resilience and the Future of the World’s Communities on the Coast »

September 20, 2017

Stanford scholars discussed sea level rise, extreme events, and other threats to coastal communities throughout the nation and around the world and how best to respond.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute of the Environment

Bluefin tuna

Tuna Fin Hydraulics »

July 21, 2017

The unique system of hydraulic control of fins discovered in tuna indicates a new role for the lymphatic system in vertebrates. This natural mechanism may inspire designs for new...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Humpback whale

Unexpected Whale Behavior »

July 10, 2017

Stanford researchers have found that humpback whales flap their foreflippers like penguins or sea lions. This unexpected observation helps explain whale maneuvering and could improve...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Corals May Hold Cancer Insights »

June 28, 2017

Stanford researchers are exploring how corals that re-colonized Bikini Atoll after nuclear bomb tests 70 years ago have adapted to persistent radiation. Their work is featured in a...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Team members from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute collect water from Monterey Bay for eDNA analysis.

DNA Left by Ocean Animals Provides Rare Glimpse of Marine Ecosystems »

June 13, 2017

As ocean animals swim past, they leave behind DNA. Now, scientists have shown these genetic clues can be used as forensic markers to accurately and easily survey marine life in...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Coral reef

A Brave New World for Coral Reefs »

June 1, 2017

The future of the world’s coral reefs hangs in the balance, but it is not too late to save them, according to a new study.

By Melissa Lyne, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Scientists Launch Global Framework to Curb Social and Human Rights Abuses in the Seafood Sector »

June 1, 2017

Guidelines for the treatment of humans who work in fisheries have lagged behind other industry advances.

By Kristen Weiss, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Bleached coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Humans Can Ease Climate Change Impacts on Oceans »

April 27, 2017

Investment and innovation are key to solving a 'crisis of motivation,' according to expert analysis.

By Polita Glynn, This post adapted from a Pew Charitable Trusts blog post:

Jim Leape

Stanford Woods Institute Announces William and Eva Price Senior Fellowship »

April 19, 2017

Stanford Woods Institute Advisory Council member William "Bill" Price and his wife Eva are dedicated supporters of interdisciplinary environmental research, with a particular passion...

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Fiorenza Micheli and Jim Leape

New Leadership for Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions »

March 30, 2017

New leaders and refocused mission for center to focus on climate change impacts and ‘data revolution’ solutions.

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Stanford Law Professor Deborah Sivas

Legal Expert on President Trump’s Environmental Plan »

March 30, 2017

In Q&A, Woods Senior Fellow Deborah Sivas discusses legal implications of Trump administration's moves on environmental policy.

By Sharon Driscoll, Deborah A. Sivas, Stanford Law School

Whitetip reef shark

Shark Protection »

February 1, 2017

Researchers at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station find that expanded marine protected areas are successful in limiting fishing and increasing reef shark populations.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Pacific bluefin tuna

Substance in Crude Oil Harms Fish Hearts and Could Affect Humans »

January 31, 2017

Exposure to oil can cause severe cardiovascular effects in fish. Experiments provide direct evidence of how phenanthrene, an oil pollutant found in water, air and soil, causes...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

People on the Beach

Citizen Scientists Needed in Pacifica & Santa Cruz »

January 19, 2017

Stanford researchers seek volunteers to help study how runoff enters the ocean from coastal communities.

By Christine H. Black, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment