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Speedy eaters: Centropages typicus can capture large dinoflagellates within 14 milliseconds after first detecting t…
24 Jul 12:01

Congratulations to @SAHFOS Claire and Usha who are now fully fledged in CPR silk preparation! #internaltraining
21 Jul 16:30

Shape + size of the last pair of swimming legs (called p5’s) in male copepods offer helpful clues in species identi…
17 Jul 12:01

RT @skinnerjb: Kicking off this afternoon's #phyto2017 session is @SAHFOS director Prof Willie Wilson talking about cryogenic procedures, b…
10 Jul 14:47

The 1st record of foraminifera was in 5th century BC when they were spotted in the limestone blocks of the pyramids…
10 Jul 12:23


SAHFOS 2016 Annual Report out now!

24 Jul 2017 | 6

Learn more about the wide-ranging impacts and activities completed by SAHFOS in 2016. Our latest Annual Report is...


Year of plankton week 27 - Centropages typicus

24 Jul 2017 | 7

Speedy eaters: Centropages typicus can capture large dinoflagellates within 14 milliseconds after first detecting...


SAHFOS Climate Change Researchers Put New FlowCam Macro on Trial

17 Jun 2017 | 42

SAHFOS researchers are trialling the new FlowCam Macro as part of their involvement with the EU project AtlantOs....

SAHFOS to host special session on ocean observing systems at science meeting this autumn

02 Jun 2017 | 65

Special session on ocean observing systems at MASTS

New study highlights the importance of long-term ecological monitoring programs

01 Jun 2017 | 244

New study highlights the importance of long-term ecological monitoring programs

‘Viral dark matter’ - Hidden world of giant viruses discovered in seawater

15 May 2017 | 123

The hidden world of giant viruses discovered in seawater

SAHFOS lead paper amongst most downloaded from Global Change Biology in 2016

11 Apr 2017 | 50

The journal, Global Change Biology (GCB), has announced a paper, lead by SAHFOS Researcher Professor Chris Reid, was one of their most downloaded in 2016.

Local school children try their hand as marine biologists for a day in Plymouth as part of British Science Week 2017

07 Apr 2017 | 35

Scientists from two of Plymouth’s leading marine science institutes host 2 days of events for children

UK wildlife calendar reshuffled by climate change

08 Jul 2016 | 88

Climate change is already reshuffling the UK’s wildlife calendar, and it’s likely this will continue into the future

Annual Report 2015 now available

04 Apr 2016 | 93

The 2015 Annual Report is out now. As a showcase of the quantity of research, analysis and projects that have been completed, there are a number of diverse articles inside.

Climate study finds evidence of global shift in the 1980s

24 Nov 2015 | 114

"We demonstrate, based on 72 long time series, that a major change took place in the world centred on 1987 that involved a step change and move to a new regime in a wide range of Earth systems," said Professor Reid.

SAHFOS appoints dynamic new Director

31 Jul 2015 | 190

SAHFOS appoints dynamic new Director SAHFOS, one of the world’s most respected marine science organisations, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Willie Wilson as its new Director from 1st September 2015. The appointment was made after an international search and selection process.

CPR sampling in the NE Pacific: In hot water!

06 Jul 2015 | 51

After several years of being cooler than average, the waters of the NE Pacific have been heating up recently. Whitney (2015) reported spring temperatures deviating 3.5 standard deviations from the long-term mean in the oceanic waters of the NE Pacific, covering the transition zone just south of where the CPR transects run.

A new study published in Nature Climate Change

03 Jun 2015 | 143

When global warming rises above the dangerous threshold of 2°C, between 50 and 70% of the global ocean may experience a change in marine biodiversity.

Plymouth marine science centres scoop £1.4 million in funding awards

12 Nov 2014 | 71

SAHFOS has been awarded £396,095 to equip its fleet of Continuous Plankton Recorders (CPRs) with state-of-the-art environment sensors that will measure water temperature, salinity, chlorophyll fluorescence, pH and pCO2.

Refurbishment of the CPR tow point, on-board the Bretagne.

28 Oct 2014 | 49

Brittany Ferries kindly tow the CPR once a month on the Roscoff to Plymouth route. The CPR on this route is fitted with a water sampler that collects samples for DNA analysis.

2013 Annual Report now released

08 Sep 2014 | 36

Our Annual Report is now available to read.

Ecological status report now online

11 Aug 2014 | 34

Our Ecological status report is now available to view online.

More animal plankton after iron fertilisation?

04 Jun 2014 | 47

In the wake of a controversial iron fertilisation 'experiment' off the coast of Canada, plankton scientists have noted a higher than average abundance of copepods - crustaceans that form an important food source for many marine creatures higher up food chains, including fish.

Challenger Conference for Marine Science

01 Jun 2014 | 28

The Challenger Conference for Marine Science is taking place on Monday, September 08, 2014

AWI-SAHFOS Time Series Summer School on time series observations

01 Jun 2014 | 46

SAHFOS together with AWI is organising a summer school on time series analysis, as a tool to assess the ecological and societal implications of climate change.

New Open Access Repository for SAHFOS Research

01 May 2014 | 28

Research output from SAHFOS scientists is now available in a new open access repository, the Plymouth Marine Science Electronic Archive (PlyMSEA), which is shared by SAHFOS partners - the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).

Climate IPCC Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

02 Apr 2014 | 52

Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II published their first update in seven years on the scale of impacts, adaptations and vulnerabilities to climate change.

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