After an extensive six-month international search BIOS is pleased to announce that Dr. William Curry will be stepping in as the new BIOS President and Director in September — subject to immigration approval.
In the first study of its kind to look at age-related changes in gene expression in an organism with an alternative life history, Drs. Jeanette Loram and Andrea Bodnar looked at gene expression profiles in tissues of the purple sea urchin. The study details the changes observed in each tissue type and provides comparisons to other species, offering a unique opportunity for insight into the complex process of aging.
In March of this year, the newly christened Risk Prediction Initiative (RPI) 2.0 hosted a workshop on the medium-term outlook for the frequency of hurricane landfalls in the RMS v11.0 risk model. According to this model, the computed risk for hurricanes over the medium-term (next 5 years) increased more than 100% in some regions, which forces insurance companies to hold more capital.
Earlier this year, scientists wrapped up the second research cruise as part of a multi-year project investigating a feature of the Southern Ocean known as the Great Southern Coccolithophore Belt (Great Belt). Among the scientists on board was BIOS Research Technician Rebecca Garley. Now back on land, Garley is re-running the samples collected during the cruise in hopes of determining coccolithophore distribution, their role in the global carbon cycle and how ocean acidification may impact them.
Three BIOS scientists – Tim Noyes and Dr. Eric Hochberg in the Coral Reef Ecology and Optics Lab [CREOL] and Andrew Collins in the Bermuda Ocean Acidification and Coral Reef Investigation [BEACON] Lab – presented their research at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium [ICRS] in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
The DeGroote family has made a $500,000 leadership gift that will provide valuable international research and experiential learning opportunities for Dalhousie University students and faculty at the BIOS.