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Study: Seashell loss due to tourism increase may have global impact.
14.01.2014 Global tourism has increased fourfold over the last 30 years, resulting in human-induced seashell loss that may harm natural habitats worldwide, according to Michał Kowalewski University of Florida,Rosa Domènech i Jordi Martinell Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat y Departament d'Estratigrafia, Paleontologia i Geociències Marines, Facultat de Geologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. + info
   
The regulation of the life cycle of an amoeba could be the key to the origin of animal multicellular.
13.01.2014

The amoeba Capsaspora owczarzaki is phylogenetically close to animals. It could be the first unicellular organism in which the process of temporal aggregative multicellularity has been described, according to a study led by Iñaki Ruiz Trillo, professor from the Department of Genetics of UB and the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio), published in December on the journal eLife.

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Vacancy announcement for the post of physical oceanographer.
07.01.2014 The Center for Environment and Water of the Research Institute of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, intends to engage a Research Scientist or a postdoctoral fellow to work in the marine studies section. 

The basic qualifications required for the position is:

  • Doctorate degree in Physical Oceanography or a related discipline with a minimum of two years of research/analytical experience after securing the degree.
  • Publications in peer-refereed journals.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English and write technical reports independently.
  • Participation in research cruises in vessels of more than 30 m OAL and for not less than a duration of 15 days.
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Vacancy announcement for the posts of postdoctoral scientists.
07.01.2014

The Center for Environment and Water of the Research Institute of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, intends to engage six marine postdoctoral scientists to work in a five year project on “Sustaining Research Project, Marine Environmental Studies in the Arabian Gulf - Phase VI”. 

The basic qualifications required for all the six positions are:

  • Doctorate degree in Marine Biology or a related discipline with a minimum of two years of research/analytical experience after securing the degree.
  • Publications in peer-refereed journals.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English and write technical reports independently.
  • Experience in research cruise participation.
  • Possession of a valid SCUBA Diving certificate (PADI or CMAS) is desirable.
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Is Antarctica really isolated?.
20.12.2013

Cheilostome bryozoan diversity from the southwest Atlantic region: Is Antarctica really isolated?  Blanca Figuerola,  et al.  Animal Biology Department (Invertebrates) and Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBio), Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, published on Journal of Sea Research Volume 85, January 2014, Pages 1–17

 

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Feeding repellence in Antarctic bryozoans..
03.12.2013

Figuerola B, Núñez-Pons L, Moles J, Avila C. Naturwissenschaften. 2013 Nov 13.

Department of Animal Biology (Invertebrates) and Biodiversity Research Institute (IrBIO), Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona.

The Antarctic sea star Odontaster validus and the amphipod Cheirimedon femoratus are important predators in benthic communities. Some bryozoans are part of the diet of the asteroid and represent both potential host biosubstrata and prey for this omnivorous lysianassid amphipod. In response to such ecological pressure, bryozoans are expected to develop strategies to deter potential predators, ranging from physical to chemical mechanisms.

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Growing complexity of transcription factors enabled the evolution of living beings.
29.11.2013 The research concludes that plants and animals have the most complex repertoire of transcription factors (both in the number of genes and the protein domain). + info
   
A brooding marine worm has been found in Antarctica.
27.11.2013

The study describes the unusual reproductive strategy of the species Antarctonemertes riesgoae.

(Image: Sergi Taboada, UB)

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Incidental by-catch of marine turtles in the Mediterranean Sea.
26.11.2013

40% of marine turtles released into the sea after being by-caught by Spanish longliners die due to the damage caused by incidental fishing.

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Global change: Ecology must evolve by Georgina Mace.
21.11.2013

Tackling global problems requires a fresh approach, argues Georgina Mace, as the British Ecological Society.

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