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Oceanus Magazine

The Ocean's Tiny Chemists

The Ocean’s Tiny Chemists

November 23, 2011

Once as I was flying cross-country over the middle of the United States, the woman in the seat next to…

Psychotherapy for Plankton

Psychotherapy for Plankton

September 9, 2011

The scene: A diatom is out of its oceanic habitat and on a couch, talking to a therapist. The diatom…

Tracking Nitrogen's Elusive Trail in the Ocean

Tracking Nitrogen’s Elusive Trail in the Ocean

December 12, 2008

Humans often seem to be unable to fix a problem without creating a new one. We invented DDT to kill…

How Does Nature Deal with Persistent Pollutants?

How Does Nature Deal with Persistent Pollutants?

October 22, 2008

Why would I choose to spend my years in graduate school up to my elbows in foul-smelling whale blubber? To…

For Graduate Student, Research Is a Gas

For Graduate Student, Research Is a Gas

July 24, 2008

When you spend 40 days on a ship in the South Atlantic, enduring equipment failures, icebergs, and the occasional surly…

Protecting Public Health by Preventing Pollution

Protecting Public Health by Preventing Pollution

April 3, 2008

Growing up in Maine, Desirée Plata watched her grandmother suffer from illnesses that she suspected were related to trichloroethylene—a colorless…

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

February 10, 2006

Sheri Simmons gets into the rugged wilderness as often as she can, backpacking in Newfoundland, the Sierras, the Adirondacks, and…