Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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NEWS & PRESS RELEASES: Fiorenza Micheli

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 insight for ocean management elsewhere.

By Nicole Kravec, Stanford News Service

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 potential impacts of a change in...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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

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

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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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

Kelp off Southern California’s Channel Islands

Climate Change Survival Story: Kelp »

November 14, 2016

In a global survey of kelp forests, scientists found that some populations are remaining stable or increasing despite global climate change in part due to local management of stressors such as pollution, fishing and...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

VR Simulation under the Ocean

Stanford Researchers Release Virtual Reality Simulation of Ocean of the Future »

October 18, 2016

Free science education software, available to anyone with virtual reality gear, holds promise for spreading awareness and inspiring action on the pressing issue of ocean acidification.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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 preserving species numbers

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


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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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 Stanford...

By Shara Tonn, Stanford News Service

Coral Reefs Provide Protection From Rising Sea, Study Finds »

May 13, 2014

By breaking up waves, coral reefs protect an estimated 200 million people from natural disasters and sea level rise. The findings could help focus coral conservation efforts to high-risk areas.

By Bjorn Carey

Where the Wild Things Are, and People Aren’t »

July 23, 2013

Stanford Woods Institute researchers look at why remote wilderness matters, and how best to conserve it

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

48 Stanford Scientists Sign Global Environmental Consensus Statement »

May 23, 2013

California Governor accepts document endorsed by 520 scientists from 44 countries.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment