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 […]

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 […]

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 […]