In a new paper published online today in Progress in Oceanography, Diane Thompson and collaborators (including Malin) show how ocean currents transport coral larvae throughout the western Tropical Pacific, and how the barriers posed by these currents have helped shape where species are found.
Diving is well underway here in the Philippines – we (Michelle, Joyce, and Allison) are back for another season studying metapopulation dynamics of reef fish. So far we’ve been visiting the northern sites in our study area in the Albuera municipality and have caught (and released) almost 200 clownfish. See the boat we’re using and the fish we’re looking for below!
Just out last week, Malin has a Commentary in PNAS, “Throwing back the big ones saves a fishery from hot water.” In it, he explains why a recent paper by Arnault Le Bris on the Maine lobster fishery provides important insight into efforts to create climate-ready fisheries management. Practices like conserving the female lobsters and not catching the large lobsters have allowed the fishery to flourish as temperatures have warmed, and will likely continue helping the fishery into the future. Despite the overall good news for lobster and the way it has been managed in Maine, many of the stakeholders in Maine have not been as happy with the news (see Portland Press Herald articles here and here).
We’re hitting the road this week: Jennifer Hoey will talk about population genomics of summer flounder at the NYAPOPGEN meeting on Wednesday at Stony Brook (Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn is also going), and Malin is giving the Bevan Series lecture on Thursday at the U. Washington on adapting to climate change in marine ecosystems and fisheries.
Malin was out in San Francisco last week to talk on a panel, “Can We Save the Oceans from Ourselves?” at the World Conference of Science Journalists. He came back inspired by a room full of science journalists inspired to tell stories about not only the problems facing the ocean, but also the solutions.