Monthly Ocean Science Roundup – May 2020

Date: 5th June 2020

This issue explores:

  • Microplastic contamination in east Antarctica sea ice
  • Effects of a deep-sea mining experiment on seafloor microbial communities and functions after 26 years
  • Temperature-related biodiversity change across temperate marine and terrestrial systems

Welcome to the May 2020 issue of the OneOcean Science Mailout. We hope everyone is staying safe during these difficult times. Despite many of us being in some form of lockdown due to COVID-19, communicating the importance of Blue Nature and the ocean continues to be desirable and effective.

Media coverage at the environment, COVID-19 and ocean intersections are still relatively high in volume, and scientists and expert voices are featured widely in discussions across these strands. News articles on the positive impact of lockdown on nature continue to be shared. If you have seen any positive and remarkable examples of Blue Nature rebounding since the COVID-19 lockdown, please do send them to:

We must aim to keep the ocean on the radar during this period and make some noise around the importance of the ocean and protecting nature. With this in mind, we’re bringing you three recent publications around microplastics in east Antarctic sea ice, the effects of a deep-sea mining experiment on seafloor communities and temperature-related biodiversity change across temperate marine and terrestrial systems. 

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