Senate To Fund Ocean Acidification Research

A bill in the senate has passed that will focus research on ocean acidification. The Lutenberg Measure, crafted by Senator Frank R. Lutenberg (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Barbara Boxer (D-CA), directs funds to the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study of the acidification of oceans and how this process affects the United States.

“Ocean acidification is a threat to our marine ecosystem and our economy,” said Sen. Lautenberg. “The change in ocean chemistry caused by greenhouse gases is corrosive and affects our marine life, food supply and overall ocean health. But research on ocean acidification is still in its infancy. This study will help establish the research and monitoring critical to protect the health of our oceans and to assess the social and economic impacts to our country.”

Senator Boxer said, “Our oceans are in serious trouble. Scientists are now warning us that increased greenhouse gases are acidifying our ocean waters, endangering wildlife and the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide. Our oceans are already under assault from overfishing and pollution and this critical provision will go a long way toward increasing our understanding of the serious threat posed by ocean acidification and what we can do to stop it.”

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.