Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater

Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth – can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research published in Science Feb. 16.   Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the study as well as […]

Marine disease likely to follow Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching

Drew Harvell, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is widely recognized for her work on marine diseases – specifically, the ecology and evolution of coral resistance to disease as well as evaluating the impacts of a warming climate on coral reef ecosystems. Harvell says the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies report showing […]

Disease, warming oceans rock lobster and sea star populations

ITHACA, N.Y. – Two new Cornell University studies show how diverse marine organisms are susceptible to diseases made worse by warming oceans. The first study warns that warm sea temperatures in 2015 may increase the levels of epizootic shell disease in American lobster in the northern Gulf of Maine in 2016. The second provides the […]

Experts preview Paris global climate change summit

WHAT: Experts discuss climate change and sustainability in preparation for the United Nations’ Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris WHEN: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Bailey Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office […]

Global coral bleaching will likely cause killer infections

Scientists say a dramatic worldwide coral bleaching event is underway, causing the loss of more than 12,000 square kilometers of coral from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean. Drew Harvell, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and Associate Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, says that the stress caused by bleaching might […]

Densovirus named top suspect in devastating sea star wasting disease

Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin; a disease researchers say could trigger an unprecedented ecological upheaval under the […]

MEDIA CALL: National Climate Assessment authors, climate change experts available

MEDIA: EXPERTS CONFERENCE CALL Professors Harvell and Wolfe will be available to talk with the media by conference call at 10:30 a.m. EDT today. To participate, call 1-866-502-8312, passcode is 458475. National Climate Assessment authors, climate change experts available Today, the White House will announce the findings of the U.S. National Climate Assessment report. The […]

Cornell researchers explore mystery of deadly sea star disease

Media Note: Drew Harvell is presenting at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is available for interviews.  Images, video and fact sheet are available for download at: https://cornell.box.com/SeaStar ITHACA, N.Y. – Sea stars off the Pacific Coast are dying en masse at an unprecedented rate – and Cornell University researchers are trying to find out […]