Seagrass meadows – carbon sinks and fishery powerhouses

The most underappreciated of marine ecosystems, the humble seagrass meadow. I might be biased, but seagrass meadows are just a little...

Understanding climate, plankton and commercial fishing

If you were to ask people what influences the abundance of fish in the sea, most would probably answer ‘commercial fishing’. While it...

Plankton as indicators of ecosystem change

From the crabs on the seabed to the seagulls in the sky. Angular crab larvae I explained in my previous article why there wouldn't be any polar bears...

The evolution of whales

Whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans (for their classification in the mammalian order Cetacea) have long captured the attention of humans. From...

Are we winning the battle to save sea turtles?

We have come a long way since early conservationists started with many beleaguered nesting sea turtle populations in the middle to the late part of the...

Deep-sea sharks in danger

The dark, cold, crushing depths of one of the world’s largest ecosystems is home to about half of all known shark species. However, living...

In the company of dolphins

The Moray Firth and North East coast of Scotland are home to a resident population of bottlenose dolphins, around 200 or so in number...

The importance of plankton

Without plankton there wouldn’t be polar bears on the ice. Phytoplankton and copepods are the first two steps in...