Stories by Richard Hoops:
Animal movement analyzed, with unlikely help from an octopus
USC researchers want to know more about the human tongue, and they travel to Japan for answers.
New greenhouse will be on view at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center’s 50th anniversary celebration
Part of the greenhouse will feature plants that grow without soil.
Marine conservation from a diver’s perspective
Participants in the USC Scientific Diving program find academic and professional success while advancing their respective fields.
The food chain stops here
A USC scientist digs up information on global climate change by studying oceanic ecosystems and bacteria.
How coastal communities can prep for the next high tide
With ‘resilience’ as the watchword, USC Sea Grant is helping cities plan for rising sea levels and climate change.
What will he find in Baldwin Hills?
Spatial scientist Travis Longcore brings new tools to classic conservation efforts in a new environmental study.
USC team explores how marine organisms ‘make a living’
Biologists explore how a species of organisms acquires nutrition, which could lead to a better understanding of harmful algal blooms.
Kelp watch monitors radioactive contaminants from Fukushima disaster
USC Wrigley Institute and USC Sea Grant lead an effort to examine long-term effects of Japan’s radiation leaks on California’s coastal waters.
Octopus got your tongue?
The project will compare the movement of the tongue to the movements of the arms of the octopus and the body of a very small and thoroughly studied worm.
Life in the subsurface
Researchers at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have embarked on a five-year project to look for microorganisms hundreds of meters below the surface.
An alum’s wild ride from Coliseum to JPL
After graduating from then USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 1977, Tom Nolan became Tommy Trojan … and not in a metaphorical sense.
Diving into a digital app
A scientific diver, Johanna Holm of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Scienes has become a “transmedia storyteller.”
Exploring a new field of marine research
Scientists at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences are at the forefront of efforts to predict the future for marine microbes.
Science saves the day for young students
More than 400 middle and high school students from around the world submitted science project entries for the ninth annual QuikSCience Challenge.
Virtual Classmates Unite in Real World
This summer, students in online graduate programs in geographic information science and technology (GIST) gathered at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to meet their classmates face-to-face and collaborate on research projects.
A Trail-Blazing Summer Internship
Two students and two recent graduates of the Environmental Studies Program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have started a trail-blazing summer as interns with the Catalina Island Conservancy, where they are spending eight weeks assisting with conservation and education programs.
Ocean Education for the Masses
USC College scientists are working with staff and volunteers at informal education centers across Southern California to bring the results of their ocean research to education programs aimed at the general public.
Essential Vitamins in the Marine Environment
Two USC College biologists have received support from the National Science Foundation to examine the conditions that lead to the synthesis of B vitamins in the marine environment and the influence of those vitamins on marine life.
Microbes on the Menu
The functioning of marine ecosystems depends on the size and flavor of microbes at the base of the food chain. Changes to the Earth’s atmosphere might rearrange that microscopic menu.
Science Students Earn Trip to Catalina
Environmental educators at USC have been showing the university’s research facilities on Catalina Island to hundreds of students from middle schools and high schools since the conclusion of the 2010 QuikSCience Challenge, a team competition designed to spark the interest of young people in science.
USC Sea Grant Director Headed to China
Linda Duguay, director of the USC Sea Grant program, has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation workshop in China to discuss a foundation-supported ocean science education project and its possible application to outreach efforts by Chinese scientists and educators.
NSF Extends Funding for Research
Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere might indirectly fertilize the ocean with nitrogen in places that are now poor in this essential nutrient. The marine organisms that are first to take advantage of this fertilizer might be at the leading edge of a profound transformation of ocean ecosystems.
Teens Recruited for Science Challenge
An aquatic science challenge in Southern California that is sponsored in part by USC reached a new audience of middle school and high school students this year.
Support Hiked for Amazon River Study
An enormous plume of freshwater leaves the Amazon River and spreads across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, setting the stage for the symbiosis of some bacteria and algae on a scale that appears to subtly influence the climate of the Earth.