Alan Mix Alan Mix, tiny shells and climate tipping points Member Spotlight May 13, 2016 Illuminated on the tray directly under Alan Mix’s magnifying lens are what appear to be tiny piles of white sand. Magnified, that “sand” is revealed to be minuscule and perfectly formed spiral shells, microscopic fossils that are Mix’s ticket back in time. Oceanographer Kendra Daly studies key Antarctic food source Kendra Daly studies key Antarctic food source Member Spotlight March 11, 2016 Researching zooplankton ecology in the most extreme ocean environments on the planet has taught AAAS Fellow Kendra Daly a thing or two about field work. She has spent so many days at sea that it adds up to nine years, almost a quarter of her career as a biological oceanographer. And no matter the location, one thing holds true—field work doesn’t always go as planned. Science relaunches website Science relaunches website Tuesday, January 12, 2016, AAAS's online flagship journal, Science, has a brand new look that incorporates many new features as well as existing online elements from the more recent journals in the Science family. The site rolled over on Tuesday, around 1:00 p.m. U.S.-Polish scientific cooperation award seeks nominations U.S.-Polish scientific cooperation award seeks nominations Thursday, December 10, 2015 The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) are pleased to announce an opening call for nominations in the second edition of the Poland – U.S. Science Award. The award addresses outstanding scientific achievements in any field of science accomplished in American-Polish scientific cooperation and is granted jointly to two researchers on the basis of a competition. The Award amounts to $5,000 for each of the researchers. Ph.D. student gets current on oceanography-mathematics options Ask A Member April 16, 2015 Q: AAAS member Rodrigo Duran, from Oregon State University writes: I am working towards a Ph.D. in physical oceanography and have a master’s in math. I am interested in a postdoc that combines the two with a bias towards math. The more math-oriented the better, although I do have a few problems in physical oceanography that I will use as postdoc-selection criteria. I see this as a sort of change in subject between my Ph.D. and postdoc and would appreciate any and all advice regarding this subject. VIDEO: The study of scallop evolution Video January 30, 2015 AAAS Fellow Thomas R. Waller, 77, is a curator of mollusks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. By examining both fossilized and living specimens of molluscan class Bivalvia (clams, scallops, oysters) under the microscope, Waller takes notes on morphology, looking for evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms. 5 Things About Me: Micropaleontologist/Paleoceanographer Ellen Thomas 5 Things About Me: Micropaleontologist/Paleoceanographer Ellen Thomas Member Spotlight December 12, 2014 Despite being told that women do not study geology, micropaleontologist Ellen Thomas did just that. She studies deep-sea fossils to reconstruct past periods of rapid global climate change—knowledge that can be used to predict how current and future climate change will impact marine ecosystems. Besides getting muddy in the field, Thomas enjoys music and books and even has a book recommendation for fellow AAAS members. VIDEO: Researchers: When given a choice, fish prefer water in healthy habitats Video August 26, 2014 A new study in Science showed that young fish have an overwhelming preference for water from healthy reefs. The researchers put water from healthy and degraded habitats into a flume that allowed fish to choose to swim in one stream of water or the other. The researchers tested the preferences of 20 fish each from 15 different species and found that regardless of species, family or trophic group, each of the 15 species showed up to an eight times greater preference for water from healthy areas. Mark Hay is assisting coral survival [Ready for 2nd Edit] Mark Hay tracks coral health in Fijian waters Member Spotlight August 26, 2014 When people sense big trouble, they call for help. When the Pacific coral Acropora nasuta senses danger, it summons its own version of 911—an inch-long goby fish. The coral produces a compound that alerts the goby fish of the presence of poisonous seaweed that threatens the coral reefs. In response, the fish quickly gobble it up, thus protecting their own cozy reef home.  Tim McClanahan works to save coral reefs using the language of science Tim McClanahan works to save coral reefs using the language of science Member Spotlight July 14, 2014 Sometimes scientific data can be used to tell both sides of a story. Sometimes it’s the very thing that bridges divided interests, offering real-world solutions that speak where words have failed. AAAS member Tim McClanahan was banking on that in 1994 when he invited a disgruntled group of traditional Kenyan fishermen to meet with him and marine resource managers to try to hash out new fisheries management practices. He was stepping into the middle of a fire storm.