Altering the Abyss: Deep-Sea Ecosystems Affected By Climate Change

The abyssal plains, regions of the ocean below 2000 meters, cover 60% of the Earth’s surface. Scientists have long believed that the ecosystems located at these depths are relatively isolated and stable, immune to the dramatic changes rocking shallower ocean regions due to global warming. However, a recent paper* by Ken Smith, a marine ecologist [...]

The most isolated places on Earth

Freshman year, in Dr. “Kip” Herreid’s Evolutionary Biology class, I was given the assignment of reading and summarizing a scientific paper. These days, I review a dozen or more a week, but at that time I had never read an actual peer-reviewed research paper. The one I chose was on the subject of hydrothermal vent [...]