Finding Out about Dory: 5½ Facts on the Blue Tang

SCIENCE While you’re sitting around waiting for the movie start, here are 5½ facts you can drop about Dory’s species, the blue tang. (Mental Floss) How do scientists study blue tangs? With coral reef surveys like this one. Educators, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas 1. Blue tangs aren’t always blue, and they’re not always tangs. … Continue reading Finding Out about Dory: 5½ Facts on the Blue Tang

Scientists Solve ‘Darwin’s Paradox’

SCIENCE A phenomenon explaining why fertile coral reefs form in the oceanic abyss has finally been proved correct. (Geographical) Use our resources to better understand these oases in the ocean. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Geographical article suggests that long-held assumptions are correct and oceanographers have solved “Darwin’s Paradox.” What is Darwin’s Paradox? … Continue reading Scientists Solve ‘Darwin’s Paradox’

Coral Bleaching Crisis

ENVIRONMENT Scientists are warning that devastating bleaching of colorful coral is becoming a worldwide crisis. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our resources to learn more about coral reefs and the threats they face. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Scientists have announced the emergence of a major worldwide coral bleaching event. What is coral bleaching? Read … Continue reading Coral Bleaching Crisis

Clare Fieseler snorkeling in Belize.

Scientists Begin One of the Most Ambitious Climate Projects of Its Kind

Clare Fieseler is a National Geographic Young Explorer, NGS Waitt Grantee, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Since 2009, she has conducted field work on coral reef ecology, climate change, and reef conservation in the Caribbean. In fall 2015, she’ll be a fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. When not doing research, Clare is a freelance science reporter for … Continue reading Scientists Begin One of the Most Ambitious Climate Projects of Its Kind

Oceanographers See the Light

SCIENCE National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Gruber found a secret world under the sea—and it glows. His expeditions have turned up hundreds of shimmering creatures, all showing off for one another with a mysterious fluorescence. It’s an underwater display that had never been seen before. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about marine creatures’ “Living Light.” Teachers, scroll all the way down … Continue reading Oceanographers See the Light