Human-induced changes to Earth’s carbon cycle — for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification — have been observed for decades. A study published in the journal Science showed human activities, in particular industrial and agricultural processes, have also had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle. David Karl, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, and collaborators used ocean data and modeling to reconstruct oceanic nitrate concentrations and make predictions about the future of the North Pacific Ocean. Their analysis revealed that nitrate concentration has increased significantly over the last 30 years in North Pacific surface waters.
The Simons Foundation has awarded Edward DeLong and David Karl $40 million to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), making it the largest private foundation gift UH had ever received. SCOPE aims to further our understanding of the microscopic organisms that inhabit every drop of seawater and how those creatures control the movement and exchange of energy and nutrients, from the surface waters to the deep sea. UH is leading the project, with partners joining from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) and University of Washington (UW).
Read more about it and watch the videos at Hawaii News Now, KHON2, KITV4, Kaunānā, and on the UH News page; read about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Pacific Business News, Hawaii Reporter, Hawaii News Now, the UH press release, and listen to the interview with David Karl on HPR’s “The Conversation.” Image courtesy of SCOPE/SOEST.
• C-MORE EDventures is “venture capital for educational activities.” Next deadline:
January 30, 2015!
• Grants for Education in Microbial Science (GEMS) awards grants (up to $1500) to foster awareness in microbial science. Download the GEMS application form as either a form-fillable PDF or as a Word document. Next deadline: March 31, 2015!
New! Postdoctoral Scholars in Microbial Oceanography. Download the advertisement PDF for more information. Review of applications to begin 15 December 2014.
The 2014 C-MORE Scholars newsletter (20 MB PDF) is available!
Previous announcements are available on the Archived News and Announcements page.
Ceremonies at C-MORE Hale celebrating the generous estate gifts of Victor and Peggy Pavel to the University of Hawai‘i, including the establishment of the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Endowed Chair in Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at SOEST, of which David M. Karl,, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, is the first recipient.
The Hawaii Ocean Time-series program has been making repeat measurements at Station ALOHA since 1988. Such time series observations are necessary for helping to build an understanding of how changes in Earth’s climate are influencing marine life.This video was submitted into the Ocean180 Film Challenge, sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. The video is based on work published in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology. UPDATE: The video is one of ten finalists! Over 50,000 6–8th grade students will be viewing each video and voting on their favorite.
We at C-MORE join others around the world in celebrating the life and exceptional achievements of Daniel K. Inouye who passed away on 17 December 2012. Senator Inouye was an effective advocate for STEM education and basic research, and was a strong supporter of C-MORE’s research, education and outreach missions. His efforts have greatly enhanced the capacity for research at the University of Hawai‘i, especially in the area of marine science. Senator Inouye participated in both the ground-breaking (15 April 2009) and the grand opening (25 October 2010) of C-MORE Hale, and he was excited as he toured the new facility and spoke to our students, post-docs and staff about their research. Senator Inouye was also responsible for securing funds to construct our flagship, the R/V Kilo Moana (AGOR-26), which his wife Margaret christened at Atlantic Marine Inc. on 17 November 2001. Several years later, the UH-based Hawai‘i Ocean Time-series and C-MORE teams gave the Senator a belated tour of the vessel and her capabilities. Although he had an open invitation and was excited about the possibility, Senator Inouye was unable to visit Station ALOHA before his death. His 5 decades of leadership in Congress and dedicated and impactful service to the State and the Nation will be missed, and probably can never be replaced. Mahalo and aloha, may you rest in peace.
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At the C-MORE Hale grand opening and dedication ceremony on Monday, Oct. 25th, 2010. From left: Reverend Solomon Kekoa, United States Senator Daniel Inouye, University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood, National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh, C-MORE Director David Karl, UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education Gary Ostrander, and Dean of SOEST Brian Taylor.
Visit the C-MORE Hale page for more information about the ceremony, including links to an article and gallery of photos in Mālamalama (the magazine of the University of Hawai‘i); photos in our image library; downloadable event programs and fact sheets about the Center and C-MORE Hale; and videos of the grand opening and dedication ceremony, burial of a time capsule (to be opened in 25 years), and a guided tour of C-MORE Hale led by C-MORE director David Karl.
The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) was established in August 2006 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Science and Technology Center. The center is designed to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the biological and ecological diversity of marine micro-organisms.
Life has its origins in the sea: the first living things were microbes. Marine microbes are the most abundant life forms on Earth, and everything about them is extraordinarily diverse: their structures, their genomes, their physiologies, and their ecological interactions with each other and with the rest of life on the planet.
As a global research information center working across disciplines, C-MORE brings together teams of experts—scientists, educators, and community members—who usually have little opportunity to interact, facilitating the creation and dissemination of a new understanding of the critically important role of marine microbes in global habitability.
The center’s mission and unifying vision is expressed in the motto: Linking Genomes to Biomes.
The Center’s activities are shared among six partner institutions:
and is coordinated at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.