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Could an artificial coral reef protect marine biodiversity against climate changes?

Climate change from rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) is having two major effects in our seas – global warming and ocean acidification – and the combination of these threats is affecting marine life from single organisms to species communities.

Researchers from the School of Biooghical Sciences are helping to build an artificial reef that could protect vulnerable marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea against climate change.

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Could sharks help save shipping industry millions?

Whales, sharks, butterflies and lotus leaves might together hold the secret to saving the shipping industry millions and help save the planet, according to a marine biologist at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Environmental microbiologist Dr Maria Salta is examining how on land and at sea, nature’s ability to self-clean might give scientists a window into solutions which could be used on manmade objects at sea.

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Nuffield Bursary student hosted by Institute of Marine Sciences wins prestigious award

Charlotte Day, a 6th form student who completed her project on 'Comparing the grazing rates of Green Sea Urchins, Common Periwinkles and Top shells', has been given the title of 'South East Young Scientist of the Year'. Charlotte spent several weeks last summer designing, running and analysing her experiments at the Institute of Marine Sciences, under the supervision of Dr Gordon Watson. Charlotte had to produce a poster about her project and then talk to judges and some of the 8,000 visitors, before being told at the Big Bang competition ceremony that she had won.

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Re-constructing the crew of the Mary Rose

For the first time in 500 years, scientists examining human remains from Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose will be able to determine if any bones come from the same person.

Research by Dr Garry Scarlett, a DNA expert at the University of Portsmouth, should enable museum staff to recreate accurate skeletons of some of the crew.

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Portsmouth hosts UK’s largest international disaster response exercise

The world is arguably better prepared today than ever to face major disasters, including earthquakes, major oil leaks and terrorist attacks.

Those on the frontline of disasters, including international emergency response, took part in the UK’s largest international disaster simulation exercise, run by experts at the University of Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth researchers work with Ben Fogle

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth are playing a significant role in a major conservation project to restore the native oyster to local waters.

The aim is to reintroduce one million oysters by the end of the year to help clean up the Solent, which once supported the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. The project seeks to significantly increase the population of native oysters by 2020 with the long-term aim of achieving sustainable stocks and with the likely added benefit of improved Solent water quality, ecosystems and associated benefits for local inshore fisheries.

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Humans having dramatic effect on wildlife

Just how astonishingly small the amount of pollution that’s needed to cause dramatic changes in aquatic life was the focus of a free public lecture at the University of Portsmouth.

Professor Alex Ford, whose research has shown time and again the powerful and sometimes shocking impact of prescription drugs passing through our bodies, into our sewers and seas, discussed how aquatic parasites have both helped and hindered the search for scientific answers.

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