Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Oceans

Does a Fishing Ban Have to Hurt Fishing Communities? »

August 2, 2018

Fishers who complied with a moratorium in the Adriatic Sea maintained catch levels by fishing in other areas. The findings help justify extending regional protection and provide...

By Nicole Kravec, Stanford News Service

Island Foxes

Tackling wildfire, health and environmental risks  »

July 12, 2018

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment announces winners of new grants supporting innovative research and technology solutions to pressing environmental issues.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

 flooding in Port Arthur, Texas, in August 2017

Coastal Resilience »

June 27, 2018

Stanford policy and climate experts discuss ways to secure communities and military installations in the face of increasing flooding.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


How can global partnerships help conserve the ocean? »

June 8, 2018

Q&A with Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Co-Director Jim Leape on his involvement with Friends of Ocean Action.

By Nicole Kravec, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions

Gillnet fishing equipment

New tool Improves Fishing Efficiency and Sustainability »

May 30, 2018

Software targets the most abundant fishing grounds and reduces catch of unwanted or protected species using satellite data, maps and observations.

By Nicole Kravec, Center for Ocean Solutions

brine shrimp

Ocean Swarms Revealed »

April 18, 2018

Massive swarms of tiny oceanic organisms like krill create enough turbulence when they migrate to redistribute ocean waters – an effect that may influence everything from distribution...

By Amy Adams, Stanford News Service

icebreaker ship

Arctic Perspectives »

March 21, 2018

Fran Ulmer, Arctic Research Commission chair and Stanford visiting scholar, discusses the region's growing importance for global climate, trade and geopolitics.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Oil platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, California.

Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion? »

March 9, 2018

If federal plans move forward, most U.S. coastal waters would be open to offshore oil drilling. Stanford Professors Deborah Sivas and Alexandria Boehm look at related legal and marine...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

healthy and degraded corals

Before Reefs Become Deserts: Keeping Coral Healthy »

March 1, 2018

Researchers develop novel approach to understand both human and environmental impacts on coral reef health across the Hawaiian Islands.

By Nicole Kravec, Center for Ocean Solutions

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